Hinesburg cheese plant will not reopen after fire
The Saputo USA cheese plant in Hinesburg that was damaged by fire last month will not reopen, leaving about 80 people without jobs.
The Quebec-based owner of the plant decided to close the plant rather than repair it and move production to other Saputo facilities.
The Sept. 29 fire heavily damaged a warehouse.
The plant made mozzarella and other specialty and shredded cheeses. State officials say it had been receiving about a million pounds of milk a day from 88 dairy farmers in western Vermont and New York through a contract with Agri-Mark Cabot Inc.
Saputo officials say some of the workers will be offered jobs at other sites.