Jarrod Thomas | May 15, 2017 AT 3:21 pm
Officials with American Crystal Sugar say they sent their best and final offer to union leaders, after eight days of contract talks. Officials say the union and company remain far apart, and it says union walked out of negotiations. The current contract ends July 31 and covers about 1,200 workers. A failed negotiation ended in a union lockout in 2011 that lasted two years.