Bakersfield’s Nestle ice cream facility on District Boulevard will lay off 598 employees – temporarily – in November, December and early January due to expected reductions in production.

The layoffs will begin on Nov. 26 and be phased in over the next month, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notification sent to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday.

All employees are expected to be rehired on Jan. 20, 2018.

The bulk of the jobs that will be impacted are “ice cream maker” positions with the remaining positions involving warehouse, sanitation and similar jobs.

James Burger can be reached at 661‑395-7415. Follow him on Twitter: @KernQuirks.

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I hope that the staff have enough funds in storage or that the company is providing them with a temporary solution while they try and rework them into other positions in the company. This line here about their expected rehire date seems something to be worried about if you're actually working for Nestle. Nobody likes this kind of uncertainty, especially when it concerns your livelihood!

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