Searcy loses part of identity with Yarnell's gone

Searcy loses part of identity with Yarnell's gone

Searcy Mayor David Morris says the immediate closing of the Yarnell's ice cream plant is "devastating" to the region. Not only are 200 jobs lost, but also a part of the community's identity. While Yarnell's wasn't the city's largest employer, it could be argued that it churned out Searcy's best-known export.

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Searcy Mayor David Morris says the immediate closing of the Yarnell's ice cream plant is "devastating" to the region. Not only are 200 jobs lost, but also a part of the community's identity. While Yarnell's wasn't the city's largest employer, it could be argued that it churned out Searcy's best-known export.

Chamber of Commerce officials say they're already working to help those laid off when Yarnell's said Thursday its costs had become unmanageable.

The chamber says Wal-Mart's distribution center is Searcy's largest employer, with 1,050 workers. It is followed by Land o' Frost, Chesapeake Energy-BHP Billiton, Bryce Corp. and Eaton Corp.

The Searcy Daily Citizen says Arkansas once had 50 small ice-cream companies, and now has none. Yarnell's delivered ice cream to Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.


 

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