BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) -- An October trial has been scheduled in the employee lawsuit against Dempster Industries in Beatrice.
A dozen former employees sued Dempster and its president and CEO, Wallace Davis, for lost wages and other earnings that total more than $160,000.
Allegations in court documents say Davis and Dempster also didn't pay parts suppliers, defaulted on loans from banks and economic development firms and didn't deliver products to customers that paid up front. The pump and fertilizer equipment manufacturing plant closed down last year.
Attorney Dustin Garrison represents the former employees, and he says he's getting close to a settlement.
The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 21. Davis' attorney didn't immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.