THE long road has come to an end.
The final 10 employees at Rochester’s Murray Goulburn Plant turned off the lights and walked out the gates one final time last Wednesday.
It’s the final nail in the coffin for the plant after production ceased on January 24 and the closure on January 31.
The final employees completed the decommissioning and remediation process.
A caretaker will look after it indefinitely.
According to MG, the company will continue to have a strong presence in Rochester supporting dairy suppliers in the region, with about 35 staff employed in the inbound logistics milk collection operations, MG Trading store and field services team.
‘‘I’m disgruntled and disappointed,’’ former worker of 43 years Len Coffey said.
‘‘It’s bad for the town and it’s a very sad day.’’
Mr Coffey said he will keep in contact and stay friends with those he has worked with over the years and will take some time off.
‘‘I’m pretty sure the wife has left me a list of things that need to be done at home,’’ he said.
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,” he said.