Fort Wayne Edy's plant

Nestlé’s Edy’s plant in Fort Wayne will lose about 40 jobs by the end of the year, but will continue its operations, contrary to a notice sent to the state of Indiana.

Nestlé USA and Nestlé Dreyer’s Ice Cream issued a notice with the state of Indiana that it intends to cut jobs at its Fort Wayne Edy’s plant by Dec. 31. However, the number of jobs, and the alarming statement that it intended to close the plant at 3426 N. Wells St., were incorrect, according to a spokeswoman.

“To be clear, the Nestlé ice cream factory in Fort Wayne is not closing, nor is the distribution center that is at the same site,” according to Kate Shaw of Nestle USA. “The headcount at the distribution center will be reduced by 40.”

That amount is 19 fewer jobs than listed on the notice filed Aug. 16, in compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which said the plant would be closing and listed mostly warehouse jobs as being cut.

“The WARN notice corresponds with the announcement Nestlé USA made earlier this year on simplifying the route-to-market for our Pizza and Ice Cream businesses,” according to Shaw.

The company is transitioning from a frozen direct-store-delivery network for its pizza and ice cream products to a warehouse model that it plans to complete in the second quarter of 2020, according to a company statement.

“Ice cream and pizza are growing categories in which we hold strong leadership positions,” according to Steve Presley, chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA in a May statement. “As we continue to focus on driving long-term profitable growth, leveraging a simpler route to market unlocks resources we can use to fuel our efforts in demand generation, such as product innovation and brand building.”

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