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Whitaker Foods closes their doors for good


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- At least 50 employees at a Waterloo based frozen-food manufacturer are out of a job. Whitaker Foods on Rainbow Drive closed its doors for good yesterday.

Shari Bright, the companies owner and CEO says it was a difficult decision to make, but she and her husband thought it was best to sell their facility to Enid, Oklahoma based Advance Food Company.

Bright says the employees who were told yesterday were supportive.

"Going into that meeting where we told our line people that they wouldn't have jobs anymore, we were humbled by the way they came to us afterwards and they were just so uplifting to us because they appreciated the jobs they had here with a lot of them knew they would have another jobs and some didn't," said Bright.

Whitaker Foods will hold an information meeting for former employees next week. The meeting will take place Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the Hawkeye Community College Metro Center near downtown Waterloo.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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