Montrose makes plans for Russell Stover workers

MONTROSE, Colo. (KKCO) - After Russell Stover’s big announcement they're shutting down their Montrose plant, the city is working to help local employees.

The company announced the closure on Tuesday morning and within a couple hours, the city had created what they called a Quick Response Team to support the 400 employees that will be affected. The team is looking to mitigate job loss by interviewing and matching workers with other jobs through Colorado Workforce Center. The plan also includes the option for employees to go back to school or get special training.

“I think it’s important for all the employees and their families at Russell Stover to know that the community has their back. We’re here to support them. We’re here to help them over the next fifteen months create a transition plan and really accomplish whatever goals that they might have over the next fifteen months,” says Bill Bell, City Manager of Montrose.

Russel Stover has been a fixture of Montrose for 40 years. The plant will shut down in spring of 2021.