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Union: General Mills Proceeding With Pillsbury Plant Closure in New Albany

A union representative says General Mills is moving ahead with its plans to shutter a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers.

General Mills announced last month it would close its Pillsbury plant and neighboring Sonoco business in New Albany by mid-2016, pending discussions with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

The Courier-Journal reportsUnion Local 33G President Roger Miller announced Thursday it's negotiated a closing agreement with the company. If union members agree to the terms, layoffs are tentatively scheduled to begin early next year.

The Pillsbury plant opened in the Ohio River city in 1959 and is its fifth-largest employer. Workers make crescent rolls, pizza dough and other refrigerated baked goods.