Nebraska Dairy Plant Closing Early

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Production at a Lincoln dairy plant is ending, but workers can stay on the payroll another week to help close the doors.

Nearly 100 people are losing their jobs as the Meadow Gold dairy plant stops producing milk and other dairy products on Friday.

But spokeswoman Amy Barker for Dean Foods of Dallas, the plant's owner, said Monday that all of them can stay through Aug. 28 to help with cleanup and other closing tasks.

The company had planned to close the plant next month as part of a consolidation.

Employees are getting severance.

The company says about 70 people in sales and distribution will continue to work in Lincoln.

Dean Foods' dairy products are sold under several brand names.

Dean reported net sales of $12.5 billion in 2008.

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