ND governor hopes to keep Walhalla plant operatingGov. Jack Dalrymple has offered state assistance to try to keep an ethanol plant in northeastern North Dakota operating.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple has offered state assistance to try to keep an ethanol plant in northeastern North Dakota operating.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. plans to close the Walhalla plant in April, ending 61 jobs. The agribusiness conglomerate says the plant isn't profitable enough because of its size and location.
Dalrymple has directed the state Commerce Department to work with ADM and local officials to analyze potential uses for the plant. He says Commerce also will help identify and recruit potential investors, and also is prepared to offer loan help, job training and other support programs.
Job Service officials also will go to the plant to help workers with unemployment and job-searching.
ADM is giving the workers severance packages and the opportunity to apply for jobs at other company facilities.