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Prairie Farms selling Marietta plant

Doug Longenette of United Dairy says that under the new ownership the Marietta plant will not be used for manufacturing or bottling
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Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 12:34 PM EST
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Prairie Farms is selling its Marietta milk plant, a company spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

The plant, its associated branches in South Point, Ohio, Zanesville, Ohio, Clarksburg, W.Va, Charleston, W.Va and Oak Hill, W.Va., and all assets are being sold to United Dairy.

Darin Copeland of Prairie Farms says it will continue to operate these facilities until December 31 with United Dairy taking over operations January 1.

Copeland says the Marietta plant and its distribution center employ about 100 people.

Doug Longenette of United Dairy says under United Dairy’s ownership, the Marietta plant will not be used for manufacturing or bottling.

Despite the change in day-to-day operations at the plant, Longenette says United Dairy hopes to retain as many of the plant’s current employees and customers as possible.

He says he’s been on-site in Marietta for the past two days.

“We want to employ as many employees as possible from Prairie Farms to United,” Longenette said. “We are going to welcome as many as we can.”

The spokesman says United Dairy will even offer jobs in its manufacturing plants to employees that are willing to move to continue their work.

United Dairy has manufacturing plants in Martins Ferry, Ohio and Charleston, W.Va.

Prairie Farms representatives spoke with WTAP through e-mail and say they will not doing any TV, video, or phone interviews.

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