Breyers Plant Could Close, Leaving 100 Workers Without Jobs (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Nearly 100 people in Huntington may soon lose their jobs. Officials with the Breyers Ice Cream Plant are considering shutting the doors.

"It crushes me. I've got two little girls and a wife,” said Scott Campbell, has worked at the plant for 21 years.

Unilever, the owner of the Breyers plant, announced this week they're in talks with the union about the potential closure of the factory.

"It boils down to corporate greed as far as I’m concerned,” said Scott Fisher, has worked at the plant for eight years. "I don't see any reason why, for the longest time we've been the safest plant that Unilever's had in North American Ice Cream, we've been the most profitable.”

The workers 21 Alive spoke with say they love what they do and love working at the plant.

"I love my job. It's a great place to work, great benefits, good wages,” said Tommy DuBois, has worked at the plant for 8 years.

But after this news DuBois is worried about finding another job.

"I guess we are going to have to go to Walmart. It's going to be the only place left hiring,” said DuBois.

The workers say the 100 year old plant in Huntington is landlocked, not allowing for expansion. Other newer plants, in places like Covington, Tennessee are growing.

"I think this time they're pretty serious, because this plant in Tennessee is humongous. It was a Slimfast plant and they've turned it into an ice cream plant and basically put a lot of money into the plant,” said Campbell.

The city's mayor says he's open to talking with Unilever about what the city can do to help.

"Whatever we can do to be pro business,” said Mayor Brooks Fetters, City of Huntington. “Over the years we've always been, as we are with most of our corporate citizens, very open to tax abatements."

Unilever has threatened closing the plant several times before. But this time the employees think closing is more likely. The next union meeting for the workers is this Saturday.




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