Montrose City Hall

JANUARY 15, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City of Montrose
Office of the City Manager
433 South First Street
Montrose, CO 81401

Contact: William Woody, Public Information Officer
970.240.1439   |    william@visitmontrose.com    |   www.cityofmontrose.org


City Forms Quick Response Team Following
Factory’s Notice to Close



Montrose, CO — In response to the announcement regarding Russell Stover’s intent to close their Montrose factory in 2021, the City of Montrose created a Quick Response Team to address the impact on the Montrose community. 

The city received notice from Russell Stover corporate offices early Tuesday morning, and by 11 a.m., a Quick Response Team was created. Led by City Manager and DART Economic Vitality Committee Chair, Bill Bell, the City of Montrose put together the team comprised of representatives from the city, Montrose County, Colorado Workforce Center, Montrose Economic Development Corporation, Region 10, and the city's Development and Revitalization Team (DART).

Discussions during the meeting centered around factors contributing to the factory's closure, possible next steps, and the importance of being proactive in supporting the factory's employees. 

Representatives from the Montrose Workforce Center, a division of the Colorado Department of Labor, said they will be reaching out to Russell Stover to help with transition planning for approximately 400 employees. 

"Russell Stover gave 15 months notice, which helps tremendously in this effort," Bell said. “Montrose is a very resilient community with a strong economy, we will be working as a team to prepare for this transition while creating new business opportunities later this year.”

The team highlighted the importance of filling the very large facility as soon as possible after closure and the importance of continuing job creation and business development efforts at the City and County level to help mitigate the impacts on job loss over the next 12-24 months.

The team reported there will be more information regarding Russell Stover's transition from Montrose once it becomes available. 

For more city news visit: CityOfMontrose.org.


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About the City of Montrose 

For information, visit CityofMontrose.org.  Follow the city on Facebook (facebook.com/cityofmontroseco) and Twitter (@montrosegov).  City Hall is located in downtown Montrose at 433 South First Street and may be reached at 970-240-1400. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 
City Forms Quick Response Team Following Factory’s Notice to Close
Montrose City Manager Bill Bell speaks alongside Sandy Head of MEDC, right, and Montrose County Manager Ken Norris, left, in a meeting with representatives from the City of Montrose, Montrose County, the Colorado Workforce Center, the Montrose Economic Development Corporation, Region 10, the city's Development and Revitalization Team (DART),  in the City Council chambers Tuesday to discuss the Russell Stover closing. (William Woody, City of Montrose)
City Forms Quick Response Team Following Factory’s Notice to Close
Representatives from the City of Montrose, Montrose County, the Colorado Workforce Center, the Montrose Economic Development Corporation, Region 10, the city's Development and Revitalization Team (DART) met in City Council chambers Tuesday to discuss the Russell Stover closing. (William Woody, City of Montrose)
City Forms Quick Response Team Following Factory’s Notice to Close
Montrose City Councilor Barbara Bynum speaks at a meeting with representatives from the City of Montrose, Montrose County, the Colorado Workforce Center, the Montrose Economic Development Corporation, Region 10, the city's Development and Revitalization Team (DART), in the City Council chambers Tuesday to discuss the Russell Stover closing. (William Woody, City of Montrose)
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