LEROY, Ill. — One of the largest employers in LeRoy has unexpectedly closed down.
The Pioneer Hi-Bred International plant closed Wednesday morning, leaving dozens of people without jobs. It was formerly known as the DuPont Pioneer LeRoy Production Plant.
“Creating a strong independent Agriculture company requires that we establish a streamlined, efficient, built-for-purpose production footprint. Upon further evaluation of our North America network, we identified an area we could consolidate, which lead to the closing of the LeRoy, Illinois production location.” Gregg Schmidt, spokesman for parent company Corteva Agriscience, said.
Mayor of LeRoy Steve Dean said he is in shock.
“This is a sad day for all the employees, and for the people of the City of LeRoy, as well,” Dean said.
“I’m sure this was a business decision by the owning corporation, and such decisions may help the bottom line but cause untold stress for many individuals and families,” Dean continued. “For this I express sadness and regret, and promise you that the city will do whatever we can to protect and promote the best interests of our citizens, our corporate partners, and our community.”
The mayor said Pioneer has “long been an outstanding corporate citizen of our community,” and thanked the company for helping shape the city.
This story will be updated.