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We just attended a really nice Memorial Day weekend cookout in Eden. Very nice...hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken breasts, all kinds of sides. Good food and beverage. Nice, friendly people.
We knew practically no one at the party, but we did meet a highly placed Eden City official. He told us production has completely halted at Miller Brewing. No more beer is being made in Eden, NC.
Only a few maintenance workers remain to monitor the Eden plant. According to the highly placed Eden City official, all production workers have been shipped off to the Atlanta area or the Shenandoah area. He did not say, but we assume Shenandoah refers to northern Virginia.
Again, according to the highly placed Eden official, Miller plans to keep the Eden plant closed for about a year until its contract with the Teamsters Union runs out. After the contract with the Teamsters expires, the plant will be re-opened and production will resume without union protection for its workers.
Asked why Miller Brewing would bother to re-open the Eden plant, if production was being made in Atlanta and Shenandoah, the highly placed Eden city official said production in Atlanta and Shenandoah would not make up for the loss of Eden. Miller would be short on beer production for a year while the Eden plant was closed. The temporary shortage of beer will be well worth getting rid of the union in Eden.
The highly placed Eden City official told us this was the straight of it.
He also told us he has a high school education. He seemed like the smartest man we've ever met. He seemed to know everything. At least that's the way he sounded.