"For decades Goldenrod Dairy has played a critical role in the community's viability, providing good paying jobs for hardworking women and men and contributing to a better quality of life for the residents of Madisonville and Hopkins County," said Madisonville Mayor David Jackson in a statement regarding Borden's announcement. "The news that production will cease and the Madisonville plant will close is disappointing. It has been an incredible part of Madisonville's history and a testament to the commitment of the local workers."
Jackson tells Eyewitness News his staff is working with economic leaders to help the employees who will be losing their jobs by providing training and other support they may need.
"My heart goes out to every worker and family affected by this decision. This is, no doubt, a very difficult time, but I am hopeful for these women and men," said Jackson. "I will continue to work diligently for much needed investment in our local economy and bring good paying jobs like these back to our city."
Much of the Madisonville community considers the plant a fixture in their community. "They've been here 86 years and I had an uncle that worked there all his life -- he retired from there. So it's sad," said Kathy Carter. "I remember when they delivered at home they had the little cans outside and you would go out and have your milk delivered."
Becky Lloyd says she worries many of her neighbors will not be able to find new jobs in Hopkins County. "There's generations that's worked there and now they have nothing. I mean anyone who works knows that two months notification that you no longer have a job ain't much, especially when there's nothing around here to go to," said Lloyd. "It affects all of us. Whether we work there, whether we know someone works there, it's a piece of our community that's going down and it affects everyone in our community."
The plant is set to close in two months but Goldenrod products will still be available to retailers.