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Picketers outside American Crystal Sugar's Crookston processing plant.

American Crystal Sugar: Full Steam Ahead

Despite escalating costs for all concerned, American Crystal Sugar is operating without 1,300 unionized factory workers locked out six months ago. Upping the ante, the union  threatens to pull support for the Farm Bill, which in turn could hurt the entire sugar industry.

February

American Crystal Sugar Gambles that a Messy Labor Dispute Will Pay Off + Will Beer Stay Cool?

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