Dean Foods Closing Mayfield Dairy Plant in Georgia

Another Dean Foods milk processing plant is being closed, this time in Georgia. ( Mayfield Dairy Farms )

Dean Foods plans to close its Mayfield Dairy Farms plant in Braselton, Georgia, resulting in the 108 employees losing their jobs.

A letter from Mayfield Dairy was sent to Braselton Mayor Bill Orr back in July announced the plants closing. The letter said layoffs would start on Sept. 16 and would continue through Nov. 30. The layoffs are expected to be permanent.

The letter was sent by Mayfield Dairy to the mayor “providing this notice to request, on behalf of our workers, any assistance you may provide to help locate employment opportunities in the community for the workers impacted by this plant closure.”

It is never stated why the plant is closing in the letter. However, the move is just the latest fluid milk plant closing made by Mayfield Dairy owner Dean Foods in the past year. Dean Foods has acknowledged that more plant closings would occur after a number of plants were closed earlier in 2018.

“We expect to consolidate our supply chain by a meaningful amount over the next 18 to 24 months while also making sure that we deliver the same great quality, value and service that our customers have come to expect from us,” Ralph P. Scozzafava, chief executive officer at Dean Foods told the Food Business News in March. “For this important reason, we’ll implement our supply chain changes in phases with targeted completion in 2019.”

The Mayfield Dairy plant in Braselton is located approximately 50 miles northeast of Atlanta and was opened in 1997. The plant recently stopped doing tours and closed its visitor center on Aug. 31.

Mayfield Dairy traces its roots back to T.B. Mayfield Jr. when he purchased 45 Jersey cows in 1910 and started delivering milk in his hometown of Athens, Tennessee. In 1990, Mayfield Dairy became a part of Dean Foods and still has processing plant at its original location in Athens. There is also an ice cream plant in Birmingham, Alabama that is operated with Barber's Dairy and owned by Dean Foods.