Thread regarding Dean Foods Co. layoffs

Dean Foods Le Mars

With the announcement of Deans in financial trouble. I wonder if Le Mars is a target? Most of the vet employees make over $23.00 an hour. Including jobs as easy as blowmold and filler ops who just watch jugs fill up. Even caught the panelboard op Carl Schwartz sleeping on the job making $26.00 an hour. Le Mars is a prime target in my opinion to close down or sell back to Wells.

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Nestle has a national meeting on Tuesday as well.

Unsure of what it’s about.

-nestle employee

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-13oan

Judgement day is coming Tuesday. Who is going to turn over the keys to Mike Wells on the HILL???

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-11low

This "Saputo" employee doesn't know much about the current state of affairs with Dean Foods.

We're working some combination of weekends, overnight, midshift already. The company is circling in the toilet in part because it can't squeeze anymore out of the employees. Trust us, it has ran these measures for awhile now. I'm not suggesting that a Saputo buyout would make everything better but, at least the bankruptcy doom and gloom would be put to bed.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-Ktbe

Have fun working weekends and getting whipped like dogs if Saputo buys you guys out. I know....because I work for Saputo. Management could care less if you have a family life outside of work. It’s about making money at the employees expense. They also will try their best to break the old timers down mentally until you QUIT!!!

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-Kxvo

Ha ha! Are seriously going to try comparing Lino/Saputo up to Ralphie and the Dallas Gang like it would be a bad thing? What are the Canucks gonna do to the current Dean's employees that would make things worse? Shut more plants down? Do more with even less? C-ap more on the benefits? Run the fleets with even less equipment? Not repair machinery even longer?

Get real! Outside of Wal-Mart, whomever buys out the company, it will be a blessing for every current Dean's employee to have this era finally come to an end.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-Jiys

What a shame. Canadian Saputo about to buy Deans out and all those employees will really be hurting. Heard bad things about Saputo management and health benefits. Better quit while you can.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-Jlhq

Someone must have done some serious psychological testing to assemble such an inept and utterly useless management team. Company actually hates their employees. New hires make $2-3/hr less than older employees since the company has two pay scales. 90 days to start receiving benefits including Holiday and funeral pay. Little if any training, train yourself on the job. Many of the management team were fired from other jobs as management. that alone should tell you something.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-wulb

I used to work there in the receiving bay and panelboard. Left 4 months ago. Could not handle all the long hours and poor training. The wages stayed are correct. And I admit. I have kicked back and took naps while running the panelboard. So I’m sure whoever caught Schwartz sleeping on the job is correct as well.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-wpoy

Speaking of bullies if you want to throw names in. You forgot to mention Brian.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-oqes

Reading through all the comments. Everything stated about this facility is true without a doubt. So much backstabbing going on and at times hurtful comments made towards others. I know. Because I work there in fluid dept.

And speaking of this Carlos guy....Between him and big, bad “Chucky” Klein. I don’t know which one was the biggest bully in the plant ratting on people to management while playing the victim. Good riddance to both of them.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-kgzu

C.G.M.....Is that you Carlos?

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-elze

Another one the dust huh huh. Another one bites the dust huh huh. Ha. Last one out the door better not forget to shut off the light and lock up. Then hand the keys over to Mike Wells on top of the hill.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-eeia

Likely Saputo will buy the milk business and Wells will buy the ice cream. But I'm betting they don't want that plant back in St. George that Dean's just bought from them.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-5qzy

So, when it falls under $3, then what?

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-4elp

Sounds like a bunch of people full of fear with the unknown if you ask me. But, this Curtis guy is right. As a former shareholder. I advise everyone to get out while you can. Because from what I’m hearing from other well known investors. Is they are looking for a buyer as soon as as possible before the stock falls under $3.00 a share

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-4ybt

I don’t work at Le Mars plant thank god. Because from all the responses it looks like the place is full of a bunch of whiny cry babies and filled with more drama than a soap opera.

Besides that....It business it does not matter what damn ranking your plant is for production when there is over 50 more plants in the country. And the corporate office at the top is running out of ideas to keep it afloat.

The current employees and management better get out while you can before corporate ends up selling out to the Chinese or foreign entity investors. Then you will really be hurting in your wages and benefits.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-4xdo

sounds like dean foods is on its period again.......

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-4gns

Ahhhh good ole boy Carlos. He really had it out for some those in Le Mars. Really had an issue with some guy named Brian. He tried to cause a lot of issues. Last I heard he went to Cargill.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3wuu

Working here for right close to 10 years now. I use to be p-ss-d about the 2 teird payscale. After talking to the older guys, I understood better. Yes the make but when they started, the pay was no where close as to what it is now, and we start off with a greater PTO time. They started with 3-5 days of PTO time.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3xui

I worked there at one time. A guy named Carlos drove me nuts and moved on. Such a 2 faced b--tard, act nice to the whites to their face then back stab them to death. He would try to rally u minority workers to get after the upper tier people. He always was b--ching at me and others. Couldn't take it anymore.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3tzu

I have worked in this plant for 15 years. People that were there back in the day when it was owned by Wells' are at a higher pay rate than those hired after 1/09. That is where the animosity is coming from. People are butt hurt that they aren't in the top wage tier.

I agree with the comment below about people complaining about wages too high. This plant makes a decent profit for the company even with the wages that are "too high". With all of the different products produced at this plant it is an asset, not a liability. In my opinion the 2nd tier should be eliminated, then all of the animosity towards the more senior employees goes away, and the 2nd tier people get a nice pay increase. I'm just perplexed that anyone would ever complain about hourly employees being paid too much. If they pay is so great, why don't you apply? Or did you already work here and get fired because you didn't know how to actually show up for work and do your job?

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3mmc

Hard to debate these comments if it’s from people who actually work there or used to work there. And got names to back up the statements such as the one about the panelboard operator sleeping on the job. All sounds legit to me.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3sfa

All kinds of mo--ns commenting here that have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. The same people saying wages are too high are the ones who think you should get $15/hr+ to flip burgers and screw up orders. Sounds like a bunch of whiney crybaby millennials who can't hack running a filler, let alone a blow mold. Also, Panelboard ops don't make $26/hr, get your facts straight. With the lowest unemployment in the country, you need higher wages to attract better workers, which are in short supply.

They aren't going to close one of the only 3 plants in the entire company to make money last year. .

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3lzo

I used to work at Le Mars plant. Left last year. Everything stated is absolutely true. Wages way too high. Some of the members in employee committee are racists towards the minorities working there. And not afraid to voice themselves out loud in breakroom. And management lacks communication towards employees. The wages are unreal compared to those who actually have college degrees elsewhere as well.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-3alp

Would not be surprised to see Le Mars sell back to Wells or close down. Wages way too high.

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Post ID: @XSnQB8L-1vog

Deans Le Mars is also non union. They have an employee committee representing the employees who are basically at the mercy of Deans corporate. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Over the years many good employees ran out the door by a hard nosed production manager. And they prefer using temp agencies so that way then can work people like dogs for $4.00 an hour less than others. Some over 10 months before rolling over to full benefits.

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