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Maola GM talks about moving processing plant out of New Bern

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NEW BERN, N.C. - The general manager of the Maola milk plant is speaking for the first time after announcing about 100 workers will soon lose their jobs.

The plant based in New Bern will stay open though, keeping about 30 employees, which will continue to distribute the dairy products.

But it's "fluid milk operation" is moving to High Point and Newport News, Virginia.
    
The company says one of the reasons for the move is the company can be more effective closer to major cities.

"It was a very sad day for us to announce that we were stopping processing here,” said Danny Lovell, General Manager, Maola. “We were very fortunate to have a dedicated and good quality work force to support our company here. We've been here since 1935, we're proud to be a New Bern born company. We just want to thank all of our employees who've supported us here at this operation.”

Lovell also says you will still be able to get your Maola products in the same stores you can now.

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Maola is shutting down its processing side of its New Bern plant and laying off close to 100 employees.

9 On Your Side spoke with a spokesperson for the company. He told us the plant will stay open in New Bern, but its "fluid milk operation" is moving to High Point, North Carolina and Newport News, Virginia.

30 employees will remain at the New Bern facility which will continue to distribute milk and ice cream.

The company said the move will be help them be more effective by moving closer to major cities.
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