Rural American Town Rocked by Food Factory Closure After Nearly 100 Years in Business, 300 Jobs Gone

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It’s sobering to see the loss of urban American business.

Whether it’s the rubble of Detroit or East St. Louis, the post-industrial hulks in Gary, Indiana, or the decades-idle rusting blast furnaces still overlooking former steel town Pueblo, Colorado, it’s a sad sight.

And the decline of American business affects rural areas, too.

After nearly a hundred years, the Sidney Sugars processing plant in Sidney, Montana, is shutting down. The announcement came in a news release Monday from parent American Crystal Sugar Co.

The move will idle some 300 employees, according to KFGO-AM in Fargo, North Dakota.

Unlike a lot of urban factory closures, the Sidney plant shutdown is not due to offshoring jobs to China or Mexico.

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