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Monday, January 9, 2012

Loaf It or Leave It: Tillamook Cheese Cuts 50 Jobs

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Oregon's proud cheese factory will be cutting 50 jobs in its namesake town: Tillamook Cheese announced last week that they're slicing 50 of the 438 jobs at their famed Tillamook, Oregon factory.

In a press release sent out Friday, big cheese Harold Strunk spelled out why the factory is making the cuts:

"Because our distribution network was in Tillamook, we would literally make cheese at our factory in Boardman, then ship the cheese back to the Tillamook factory to age, then ship the cheese to a facility in Mountain Home, Idaho, to be shredded and sliced, then ship the cheese back to the Tillamook factory to be warehoused and distributed to our customers, and then in some cases the cheese would be shipped back to Idaho to our customers there."
That system doesn't make a lot of financial sense, but the layoffs prompted outcry on the cheese' Facebook page (slogan: "Loaf us!") and even online calls for a boycott.
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