Traill County’s largest employers are keeping close tabs on President Biden’s sweeping federal vaccine mandate announced Thursday, Sept. 9.

The mandate, which will require businesses with more than 100 employees to direct their workers to get immunized against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing, could affect an estimated 80 million Americans.

Chris Patullo, plant manager at American Crystal Sugar’s Hillsboro factory, said Wednesday that he expects the national mandate will “definitely impact” the company and its sizable workforce.

“The vaccination and testing mandates will definitely impact our factory employees as we do exceed the 100-employee minimum,” Patullo said.

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