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Southern Indiana city looks to keep 400-worker plant open

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) – A southern Indiana mayor says he’s working with government officials and union leaders in hopes of preventing the closure of a 400-worker Pillsbury refrigerated goods plant.

General Mills announced Thursday it plans to close the New Albany plant by mid-2016. The company said its decision is subject to negotiation with union officials, but did not elaborate.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan says he met Friday with union leaders and planned meetings with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and state economic development officials.

The News and Tribune reports Gahan is asking the City Council to approve a committee to work on discussions aimed at keeping the plant open in the city just north of Louisville, Kentucky.