From a business point of view, the location could not be maintained, announced the Theo Müller Group. Of around 1,000 jobs, 400 will be lost by the end of the year. The Homann location in the Bad Essen district of Lintorf is not affected. The Müller Group recently invested around 170 million euros there, including in a plant for dressing production.
District administrator calls for socially acceptable closure
Homann is one of the largest employers in the Osnabrück district. District Administrator Anna Kebschull (Greens) spoke to the NDR in Lower Saxony about one of the worst days in Dissen’s history. She appeals to the Müller Group, which is based in Luxembourg, to act as socially acceptable as possible. Dissent Mayor Eugen Görlitz (independent) told the NDR: “The city of Dissen is of course hit hard. I am thinking in particular of the employees who are out of work at the turn of the year.” They are angry and disappointed because they have not been informed personally by the management. Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Bernd Althusmann (CDU), was also concerned: It was a heavy blow for the city of Dissen and for the entire region. “We have offered that we can support, that we can examine all instruments where we can support,” said the minister. But now we would have to wait for the next discussions.
NGG union criticizes the group and the retail sector
Uwe Hildebrandt from the food-gourmet-restaurants union (NGG) criticized the group as having left the workforce outside of all sales talks. The location has faced extinction several times. Hildebrandt confirmed that the salad division has not been profitable for some time. This is due to the supermarkets, which have not taken part in the price increases, although the costs of raw materials and wages have increased.
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