Jarrod Thomas | Apr 24, 2017 AT 6:22 pm
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Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. are hoping to have a contract settled with employees within the next month.Contract workers will receive $2,000 bonuses if a deal is reach by May 22. Crystal Sugar spokeswoman Lisa Borgen says the company would also like to get pay and benefits on the table early in the process.
The company and union workers went through a bitter contract dispute that began in July 2011 and went on for almost two years.Union officials were not available for comment.American Crystal Sugar is owned by about 2,800 sugar beet growers in the Red River Valley. The company has two North Dakota factories, in Drayton and Hillsboro, and three Minnesota plants, in Crookston, East Grand Forks and Moorhead.