FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The American Crystal Sugar Co. executive who led company negotiations during a labor dispute with union workers is resigning.
A spokesman for the Moorhead, Minn.-based cooperative says that Chief Operating Officer Joe Talley is stepping down on Jan. 17. Talley has worked for the company for nearly 20 years.
Crystal Sugar spokesman Jeff Schweitzer said in a statement that Talley has served the co-op "extremely well" and the company wishes him well in his future pursuits.
Talley was the company's representative at the table during a lockout of union workers that last 20 months.
KFGO radio first reported Tuesday afternoon that Talley was leaving.
Crystal Sugar has plants in North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.