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Nestlé USA files revised notice for Fort Wayne ice cream facility

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Nestlé USA has filed a new notice with the State of Indiana to correct misinformation regarding changes at its Fort Wayne Edy’s Grand Ice Cream manufacturing and cold storage facility.

An initial “WARN Notice” earlier this month informed Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development that the company would be closing what it described as “the entire facility.” It listed 69 employees who received notification.

Shortly thereafter, a spokesperson told ABC21 and other media outlets that the filing contained erroneous information — that the facility would remain in operation and that 40 positions related to warehousing and distribution were being eliminated.

A 2018 Purdue University Fort Wayne assessment of local employment reported 434 positions at the plant and warehouse, which would make the staffing change a decrease of about 10 percent.

The revised WARN Notice begins: On August 16, 2019, we sent you notice that Nestlé USA, Inc. and Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company are reorganizing the Nestlé Sales and Supply Chain Frozen DSD operation at 3426 Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN. The notice is accurate, except that it incorrectly stated that the entire facility will be closed. The facility is not closing completely, but there will be separations due to the reorganization.

The revised notice still lists 69 “impacted” positions. When contacted by ABC21 on Monday, a company official confirmed that only 40 layoffs are planned and said the 69 employees mentioned in the WARN Notice were “notified during this process.”

The affected jobs are mostly in the warehouse operation at the plant.

The layoffs will begin in the fall and the process will be completed by the end of the year, the company said.



Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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