IT IS ALL over - to an extent.
After 50 years, Murray Goulburn’s (MG) Rochester plant closed forever today following the final day of production on January 24.
As the clock struck midday, the workers walked out of the plant for the final time.
“It is a sad day but it is also a good one,” employee of 14 years Shaun Coghill said.
“MG was a good place to work for me and they gave me a lot of opportunity,” he said.
“I am thankful for MG and the time they gave into me – it’s just sad it had to finish this way.”
About 10 employees will remain at work for another fortnight to assist in the decommissioning of the site.
This year marks three decades since Murray Goulburn opened its Mackay Street factory. But the company, which was sold to Canadian company Saputo last year, said the future of the Rochester site was a matter for its new owners.
MG chief executive Ari Mervis said: “We thank our Rochester employees for their significant contribution to MG. The decision to close the Rochester site was difficult to make, however a necessary step on the journey to ensure the competitiveness of MG.”
“MG is acutely aware of the impact on our valued employees and the local community and we have sought to provide appropriate levels of support since the closure was announced,” a spokesman for the company said.
Mr Coghill, who finished as a team leader has been one of the lucky ones who has found another job to go to but he will have a couple of months off before starting in April.