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Dari Farms to Lay Off 76 Employees

The Tolland-based business has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state Department of Labor.

Tolland business Dari Farms Ice Cream Distributors will be laying off 76 employees by March 4, 2013, according to a WARN notice filed with the state Department of Labor this December.

The layoffs will center in the business' Field and Transportation departments, according to a copy of the WARN notice. The notice cited Nestles delivery service to grocery stores as the reason for the layoffs.

The company is attempting to find employment for affected employees at Nestles.

Representatives from Dari Farms were not able to be reached for comment in time for publication.

Dari Farms is located at 55 Gerber Drive in Tolland.

GG December 27, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I know they are doing the layoffs because they lost a big distribution contract with Nestles, so it is something beyond their control, but it bugs me more than a little that the company was given an $850,000 grant from DECD and another $485,000 state grant to move less than 10 years ago to the Industrial Park and for infrastructure improvements. That's more than $1.3 million of taxpayers money. There's always so much focus on money spent on programs for people on the lower rungs, but this stuff is often ignored. I just hope those who lose their jobs can find something quickly--and that Dari Farms survives and bounces back.
Jim G. December 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
So if they're a distributor, and they've lost a big distribution contract, why are they laying off only "field and transport" staff - do they still need 150 office and warehouse people if their distribution has been cut that much?
GG December 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I don't know. I imagine the cuts are a mix of delivery, office, and warehouse staff but with the majority being delivery people. I read something about Nestles apparently doing their own delivery of their product. Very unfortunate any which way you look at it.
Long time resident December 27, 2012 at 06:54 PM
GG: I don't disagree with you and believe that government should stay out of the economic development business. Government should work to make sure they are not unnecessarily hampering the efforts of business and remove obstacles that do so, but throwing money at a business to keep it here is a mistake in most cases. Business has to do what business has to do, its called free enterprise. I remember the EDC and town manager were hard over to keep Dari Farms here and were pushed hard to meet DF's demands. But there was no guarantee that DF would stay or maintain employment levels. So, if thats what the town was looking for, it should have know better. I have no ill will toward the company, just tired of seeing this town "sell" edc agendas that ultimately it cannot control or make happen.
GG December 27, 2012 at 07:09 PM
At the same time, also, towns are under duress to offer whatever they can to larger businesses as they don't want to lose that tax revenue. It's a vicious cycle. And I don't see things getting any easier.

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