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Dwindling Milk Supply Forces AMPI Plant Closures
USAgNet - 11/11/2019

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) announced last week it is shutting down the AMPI plant in Rochester, Minn.

The cooperative also announced its closing plant in Arlington, Iowa, and the milk processed at both facilities will be routed to other plants in the area including the AMPI cheese plant in Blair, Wis.

Some 75 employees of the Rochester plant are affected by the move. The company says it is working with them to provide access to resources, training, and opportunities to apply for available positions at other AMPI plants.

In announcing the closures, AMPI noted Minnesota has lost 40-percent of its dairy farms and Iowa has lost 50-percent of its dairy operations since 2008.

While the decision affects AMPI's cheese production at the site, milk production will continue.

Kemp's leases a portion of the plant for its milk operations and employs about 200 workers at the site. There is no word on what impact AMPI's decision will have on the Kemp's operation.

AMPI is headquartered in New Ulm, Minn., and owned by dairy farm families from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

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