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New Albany mayor 'takes initial steps' to avoid Pillsbury closure

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – New Albany's mayor says he is doing what he can to avoid closure of the General Mills plant.

Yesterday, General Mills announced plans to close the Pillsbury factory located in New Albany – though a statement released said the decision could be subject to union negotiations.

In a press release issued Friday afternoon, Mayor Gahan said General Mills representative notified him of the “preliminary decision” to close the manufacturing plant in the next 18 months.

The Mayor says this would be the fourth General Mills plant closing attributed to “excess capacity in the supply chain.”

The closure would put about 400 employees out of a job.

Gahan says he has “requested a meeting with the president of the IEDC to discuss any possible action that could be taken to counter the possible closure of the plant.”

The Mayor says he has asked for support from Governor Mike Pence's office in keeping the plant from closing.

“I look forward to working with the City Council, the Governor's office, corporate officials, union leadership, and anyone else that will help promote discussions that will lead to the continuous operation of the New Albany facility,” stated Mayor Gahan.

Gahan also says he met with union leadership and that he is scheduled to meet with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann.

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