More layoffs coming at Torrington Western Sugar Factory

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TORRINGTON, Wyo. - (KNEP) - The Western Sugar plant in Torrington will lay off another hundred people by mid-March.

According to Torrington Mayor Randy Adams, the city received a letter from Western Sugar’s Vice President of Human Resource and Safety David Devore that the 101 layoffs are in addition to the already 92 layoffs announced in November.

Adams said the original layoffs included mostly part-time or contracted employees, but this one includes full-time members.

The city was notified three years ago the plant was consolidating from the Torrington plant to expand in Scottsbluff and another plant. With this in mind, the city began building their budgets to not include revenue. But, they will see a hit from a loss in sales tax revenue and the impact it will have on the community.

Adams stated the city doesn’t have enough jobs to go around in the area to employ nearly 200 people and some people will have to look outside of Torrington and maybe outside Goshen County for work. He added, those being laid off can apply for jobs within Western Sugar’s other plants, but as of now the Scottsbluff factory doesn’t have any openings.

The workforce services office will work with those affected as well to help them find other jobs. The massive layoffs will take place March 14th. The letter sent to the Mayor’s office stated it will be anytime within 14 days of that set timeline.

In the past, the city was told 20-30 people would remain at the plant for packaging, but at this time, Adams is unsure it’s still on the table.

The city would like to have another company to move into the plant but Adams thinks at this time it is unlikely.