Thread regarding Dean Foods Co. layoffs

Are some of these plants worth buying?

From what I've heard about the conditions of some of these plants, I'm wondering if any dairy would want to buy them. Yeah they can buy the plant dirt cheap but it would cost millions to bring them up to standards. The profit margins are tight now for the dairy business so it may not be worth it.

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD

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Not just the processing plants. Every distribution branch I have ever seen would be shut down if there were ever an OSHA or health department inspection. They are all old tired buildings, usually in the most run down parts of town. Nothing has been cleaned in years, refrigeration equipment can't hold temperature, health and safety hazards everywhere you look.

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-qtsw

Seals???? No such thing when I used to work there. I have seen seals and gaskets fully burned to black rubber in some of the pipes I used to scrub when I took over CIP job at Deans. Used to find cottage cheese and sour cream dried underneath machines that turned to greenish yellow vasoline consistency.

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-2dkk

Most of the dock locks don't work, lights here and there don't work-need new ballasts, conveyor chain being held together with zip ties, homemade gaskets leaking, can't take apart pastuerizers for fear worn plates won't be able to be put back together, etc., etc.

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-1qto

Walmart didn't think so they build a new facility. Same as Kroger it build a new facility instead. They had alot of bugs to work out in the beginning but that all ways happens when you get new equipment. My facility in Englewood is just a bunch of duct tape together equipment some don't even have safety switch's enable anymore every piece of equipment have been lacking the basic PM's. Almost of the equipment there is second hand we have equipment from the 1950's to 2000's. We have a bunch of spare parts but for equipment that we down even have. Instead of selling or recycling it They will throw it in the trash. We don't recycling anything anymore just straight into the compactor. They said it saved money? They mismanaged that place for so many years I don't see that they will be able to sell the facility. The land it's on is very valuable and I would think someone would buy it quickly but would probably closed down plant and put condos up instead.

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-1gxl

Yeah they're not going to fix nothing I mean where I work at the truck I use was supposed to be replaced a year ago and it hasn't been replaced and I was just told most likely it probably won't be and not only that that our vehicles are being leased to a third party company so I guess it's only a matter of time before the third-party company pulls the lease and then we don't have trucks right I don't know what's going to happen. But as far as the warehouse we work at it's got some messed up parts on the dock and it's not getting fixed anytime soon

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-1owe

What plant? Would be helpful information

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Post ID: @12n6eVmD-1rht

No after the chapter 11 filing everything in our plant has broke not including what has already been broke before. We just do fluid milk at my plant and only section i know of that has everything working right is the homogenize area but even there they still have water pressure problems, unless they fixed that but i doubt it

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