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SPOKESPERSON: Bad info in state filing; Nestlé to cut positions but keep local distribution facility

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A distribution center affiliated with a local ice cream plant will remain open — though staffing will be reduced — a Nestlé USA spokesperson said Wednesday evening.

The official corrected information that was formally filed with Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development, which cited a permanent closure of the Fort Wayne warehouse and a loss of 69 positions. Instead, 40 positions will be cut in the next few months.

The move is part of a restructuring taking place company-wide — one meant to streamline distribution of products. In filing the required “WARN notice” for a significant layoff, the company erroneously included information that was no longer accurate.

“To clarify, the Nestlé ice cream factory in Fort Wayne is NOT closing, nor is the distribution center that is at the same site.  The headcount at the distribution center will be reduced by 40 employees,” the spokesperson said.

It was not clear when or how the WARN notice would be updated to reflect the company’s plans.

Employees who are affected were recently notified of the changes, which will not have any significant impact on the manufacturing side of the Fort Wayne operation.

Kayla Crandall

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