Western Sugar Future Outlook
Western Sugar Corporation officials provide outlook of Torrington facility
Earlier this week we received word of 86 full-time employees of western sugar cooperative that would be expecting a layoff in the near future. After speaking with Executive Director of Goshen County Economic Development Corporation, Ashley Harpstreith, we have a deeper understanding of what WSC Officials have planned for the Torrington Facility and the future outlook.
WSC confirms they will still remain in the Torrington Facility and that the layoffs that are expected will take place as campaign closes, the timeline of which is still to be determined as there are several variable factors. Upon closure of the Torrington productions, WSC will hire 22 positions to staff their enhanced warehouse space in Torrington . Earlier this summer, WSC announced they are expanding a powdered sugar packaging line operation. They will utilize the Torrington factory for storage and packaging, and it will act as a shipping and receiving terminal.
In the meantime, GCEDC and WSC continue to look at different ways for partnering together in the future. GCEDC Executive Director, Ashley Harpstreith said, “The future landscape south of town looks different, but not as grim as we anticipated. The future development of a powder sugar line could be helpful in attracting other manufacturing companies using powdered sugar as an ingredient. We will certainly take this into consideration as we roll out a new target marketing plan in 2016‐2017.”
She noted, “Also, we will continue to coordinate with our partners and friends at Department of Workforce Services and Eastern Wyoming College to assist and organize efforts for the displaced workers with training and training grant opportunities. We now know the availability of workforce as we recruit and assist business with potential expansion in our community.”
Harpstreith is also optimistic of the partnership between GCEDC and WSC, “There is an open dialogue between our two organizations and I am hopeful together we can be good business partners for Goshen County for years to come.”
Goshen county Economic Development Corporation is a non-profit organization created in 1987to encourage business growth and build on local community assets. GCEDS's mission is to facilitate business development and position communities for economic growth. A key piece of this mission is helping existing business remain in the community and continue to grow.