Decision is related to sale of confection business in 2018
By Jason Arndt
Nestlé USA plans to eliminate 34 positions at its Burlington plant stemming from the sale of its U.S. confections business in 2018 to Ferrero.
In a May 12 notice filed with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Nestlé told the state it intends to eliminate 34 positions by July 23, all of which are part of the Panning Department in the facility at 637 N. Pine Street.
“This action stems from the sale of our U.S. confections business back in 2018,” a company spokesperson said last week. “We are winding down our post-sale production support commitment, and are working with all parties involved to support the affected employees.”
The Panning Department is involved with coating products, like raisins or peanuts.
“This is a partial closure; not all employees working at the facility are impacted,” Nestlé wrote in its letter to the state.
Nestlé officials further state all affected employees have been, or will be notified of their separation dates, and that layoff is permanent.
It is not known how many employees will face layoffs since some of the workers may opt to retire or leave voluntarily.
Milwaukee-based union Teamsters Local 200 represents the affected employees.
To read a full version of this story see the May 27 edition of the Burlington Standard Press.