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Former employees still owed pay, benefits from shuttered Golden Guernsey dairy

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - It was a year ago Sunday when the Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha suddenly closed.  

School districts throughout southeast Wisconsin scrambled during a weekend to find new suppliers for their students' milk. And according to state officials, employees are still owed $1.6 million in pay and benefits.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says some of the 112 former employees are owed $25,000 or more -- including vacation pay, matches for their pensions, and other pay. The workers did receive final paychecks, but a court is still deciding whether to order other penalties for allegedly violating the state's plant closing law.  

The law requires a 60 day notice for most closings and major layoffs.

Golden Guernsey filed for bankruptcy just days after the plant shut down. In May, a trustee arranged a sale of the company to Lifeway Foods of suburban Chicago.  

The company had hoped to reopen the plant by the start of the New Year, and bring back at least some of the old Golden Guernsey workers.  

A public relations firm says the new owner now expects to finish its reopening preparations by the end of the month.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)