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HAZELWOOD, Mo. – Approximately 66 production jobs have been eliminated at the Hazelwood Prairie Farms Dairy facility. Prairie Farms made the announcement Friday, citing a review of operations that identified ways to streamline processes and reduce costs.

A spokesperson for Prairie Farms says the Hazelwood location is used mainly for distribution, but does produce a limited number of products. It was determined that transferring Hazelwood's limited production to other facilities would reduce overall costs.

"The decision to transfer production to other Prairie Farms plants will help balance capacity throughout our network of plants. It wasn't a reflection on the work of employees. We appreciate their valued service and Prairie Farms is committed to helping everyone through the transition," said Ed Mullins, executive vice president and CEO of Prairie Farms.

The 66 employees who were laid off were offered severance packages. Route drivers, distribution workers, customer service, sales, and administrative employees are not affected.

The Hazelwood plant will now serve as a distribution hub, effective Sept. 1. Delivery and product availability should not be disrupted by the elimination of the jobs.

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