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Nestle cutting nearly 60 jobs at Waverly plant

Company officials say nearly 60 jobs will be lost in a cutback at the Nestle plant in Waverly.

The company plans to phase out up to 49 full-time, hourly jobs and seven salaried positions at its Waverly plant in 2018, according to Roz O’Hearn, corporate and brand affairs director for Nestle USA.

No layoffs will occur this year.

“Nestle has recently completed a thorough evaluation of the productivity of our various manufacturing facilities across the U.S., with emphasis placed on streamlining our operations so that we can bring products to market faster and more economically,” O’Hearn said. “Therefore, we will begin to adjust employment levels at our Waverly facility to better match the needs of the business.”

Employees were notified Monday, O’Hearn said.

O’Hearn noted it was possible the company would consider eligibility for retirement and attrition.

The staff of 254 workers in Waverly makes various products including hot cocoa mix, Nesquik, Taster’s Choice and Ovaltine.

In total, Nestle employs 51,000 people in the U.S. at 120 plants in 47 states.

A phone call to Teamsters Local 238, the union that covers Nestle employees in Waverly, was not immediately returned Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Amie Steffen,, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa

 

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