Golden Guernsey workers to retrieve belongings inside plant

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WAUKESHA (WITI) -- On Wednesday, January 23rd, laid off workers with the Golden Guernsey plant will be allowed back inside to retrieve their belongings.

Over 100 people were suddenly laid off after the company unexpectedly closed its doors. The company that owned the plant has since filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

They were locked out of their jobs and waited days to find out they were laid off. On Thursday, January 17th, nearly 70 former employees of the Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha met with their union leaders.

Union leaders said they cannot talk about what was discussed at their meeting, but employees who walked out said they are still confused.

Workers said one of the biggest problems is that all of their personal belongings are still in the plant -- guarded by security. One worker told FOX6 News, getting a job as a mechanic has been a problem, since all of his tools are still in his locker. 

While workers have heard little, FOX6 News was able to get some answers. Open Gate Capitol, the dairy's owner, wrote Thursday it is no longer in charge of the plant after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

Court papers indicate a lawyer in New Jersey has been appointed as a trustee.

FOX6 News has also learned the dairy plant is worth between $10 million and $50 million. A source told FOX6 News the trustee is working around the clock to sell the plant.

Workers say they are not confident the plant will reopen.

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