Gerards Bakery abruptly ceases operations

by Eric Schroeder
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LONGMONT, COLO. — Gerards Bakery, L.L.C., an artisan baking company founded in 1972 and subsequently acquired in 1997 by Mountain View Harvest Cooperative, abruptly ceased operations on Thursday.

According to an article in The Denver Post, workers at the Gerards Bakery in Firestone, Colo., were told early Thursday morning that the company was out of business and they would no longer have a job. The workers then were told that paychecks scheduled to be handed out on Thursday would not be, leaving employees without pay for their past two weeks of work.

In addition to its Longmont plant, Gerards has closed its facilities in Livermore, Calif., and Mount Airy, N.C.

According to its web site, Gerards is a manufacturer of premium par-baked bread and rolls for frozen distribution to all 50 states and Canada. The company’s customers included Quiznos and IHOP.

"We have distinguished ourselves with our customers by providing premium quality breads by working with our customers to develop distinctive new products," the company’s web site said. "Our cheese-enrobing process is at the industry forefront, and our commitment to using the finest ingredients, and preservatives, has made us an industry favorite from coast to coast."

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