Nestle _ice_cream

Nestle produces a wide variety of ice cream and other frozen treats at its Bakersfield factory, 7301 District Blvd.

An estimated 729 workers at the Nestle ice cream plant on District Boulevard will be laid off for three weeks starting Dec. 10 while the company completes facility upgrades, a company official said Thursday.

The factory will not be in production mode during that period, factory manager Buttons Coleman said, and only an undisclosed number of salaried employees at the plant will report to work through the end of the year.

The affected employees will be eligible for state unemployment benefits during their time off, Coleman said, adding that no severance pay is planned.

The company undertook nearly identical layoffs a year earlier. Coleman said this is a good time to invest in upgrades to the factory because December is typically a slow time for ice cream sales.

Scheduling a work stoppage in December also allows workers to spend time with their families during the holidays, he said.

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(1) comment

ISpy

It allows people to spend holiday time with their families. No Christmas presents, though, since unemployment benefits are only a fraction of what a paycheck is.

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