Southern Indiana city looks to keep 400-worker plant open

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana mayor says he’s working with government officials and union leaders in hopes of preventing the closure of a 400-worker Pillsbury refrigerated goods plant.

General Mills announced Thursday it plans to close the New Albany plant by mid-2016. The company said its decision is subject to negotiation with union officials, but did not elaborate.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan says he met Friday with union leaders and planned meetings with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and state economic development officials.

The News and Tribune reports Gahan is asking the City Council to approve a committee to work on discussions aimed at keeping the plant open in the city just north of Louisville, Kentucky. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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