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Announcement of cuts at Tillamook Cheese Factory jolts coastal community


News that the Tillamook Cheese Factory will eliminate 50 positions has left the community for which it is named shocked and angry.

Now, the rural hamlet known for its dairy farms and pastureland must figure out how to cope with the decision that will be felt by far more than the soon-to-be unemployed.

“I think it’s just going to have a profound impact,” said Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi. “There are very few family wage jobs in Tillamook. It’s going to have a ripple effect.”

The announcement to cut the positions came Thursday afternoon in a statement from the Tillamook County Creamery Association. The layoffs are expected to take place in the first or second week of February and are the result of the association moving packaging jobs to cut high transportation costs, said Harold Strunk, association president and CEO.


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