Schwan's closes down Louisiana operations - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Schwan's closes down Louisiana operations

BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

A longtime Louisiana business closed its doors Friday.  Schwan's home delivery food company will no longer operate its food delivery service in Louisiana.

"The Louisiana project is pretty much being shut down at Schwan's at this point," said General Manager Randy Oliveri. "There won't be any depots open after today."

Employees on their last day did inventory on the foods left over.  Offices all over the state, including Lake Charles, are shutting down.

An customer service operator for Schwan's home office said Friday the facility in Lake Charles was closed but customers could still order by mail.  The phone number for a Schwan's facility in Jennings was also disconnected. 

"Been out of a work before, took me nine months to find a job the last time," said Jimmy Thurston. "Hopefully it won't take me that long this time."

Richard Whiteoak has been on the delivery route for the past nine years.  He says his customers were more than just an address.

"I'm a little sad to go," said Whiteoak. "When I started my route nine years ago, like other route managers, customers got to be like friends and family, so instead of a customer you get to go see a friend."

The company itself has been around for 55 years.  It's based in Minnesota - a long way from Louisiana - which appears to be a big part of the closure.

"I think the economy versus shipping the product this far down, being the corporate office is in Marshall, Minnesota," said Oliveri.

The yellow trucks of Schwan's won't be rolling on Louisiana roads any more.

Copyright 2011 WAFB & KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Bolton Ford holds 3rd annual Give A Wish benefit

    Sunday, May 28 2017 1:14 PM EDT2017-05-28 17:14:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>

    Bolton Ford held its third annual car and truck show benefiting the Give A Wish foundation on Saturday. Give A Wish announced they would be sending Kenzie Noelle Johnson to Disney World. They also gave Johnson her own set of wheels: a fun-size pink Ford Mustang. Paula Livingston, the director of Give A Wish, said it takes thousands of dollars for the organization to make dreams a reality.

    More >>
  • Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-05-28 13:49:07 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>
  • Lake Charles opens time capsule buried 50 years ago

    Saturday, May 27 2017 3:16 PM EDT2017-05-27 19:16:59 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly