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Forum staff reports, Published January 07 2014

Top American Crystal exec, lead lockout negotiator resigns

MOORHEAD – Joe Talley, chief operating officer at American Crystal Sugar Co. and a central figure in a company lockout of union workers, has resigned his position at the company effective Jan. 17.

A message left for Talley on Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

The company acknowledged Talley’s resignation in a brief written statement that read in part:

“Talley has served American Crystal extremely well for the nearly 20 years that he has worked for the company. American Crystal wishes him well in his future pursuits.”

A spokesman for the Moorhead-based sugar processing company said American Crystal would have no further comment, as Talley’s resignation was a personnel matter.

Talley was American Crystal’s top negotiator during a lockout of union members that lasted from August 2011 until May 2013.

Messages left with union officials seeking comment on Talley’s resignation were not immediately returned.