ALTHOUGH it has been a long time coming, it was the end of an era on Wednesday.
While the Murray Goulburn plant doesn’t officially close until tomorrow, last week was the final day of production.
It was a sad day for the workers, their families and the town.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said even though we knew it was inevitable, it still leaves you numb.
‘‘The Rochester community should continue to work together to make sure something comes out of a bad situation,’’ he said.
While the plant will shut, transport is still going strong, however it is not known for how long.
Workers are remaining tight-lipped until the sale goes through, but many have said it was inevitable but still devestating.
Saputo chief executive Lionel Saputo Jnr said in November there were no plans to reopen Rochester if Saputo was successful in its b in its takeover bid, but he left the door ajar if milk was to return to the business.
“We trust the evaluation that the MG management has taken,” he said.
“Again, with 1.9 billion litres of milk there isn’t enough milk in the system to support those plants reopening.
‘‘Until such time we come back to a higher level of milk and need incremental capacity, I don’t think the plants will open up.”
Mr Saputo said there were opportunities to drive efficiencies and “shave some costs” in the MG business, pointing to “something as simple as lease and leases of space MG may have or perhaps some other expenses that may not be necessary”.