JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Seventy employees of Nestle Prepared Foods in Jonesboro will lose their jobs come February 11.
Factory Manager Dan Braswell announced Friday the company plans to curtail operations at the facility. Instead of operating six days a week, the plant will only operate four days a week. As a result, 70 full-time positions will be eliminated permanently.
According to a news release from Nestle, the affected employees will receive separation benefits to "ease their transition."
"We recognize the impact of this decision and felt it was important to share this news quickly," said Braswell. "Our company continues to respond to the economic challenges affecting the food industry. Increased prices for ingredients-- including meat, dairy and grains--continue to affect our business. At the same time, our goal to ensure freshness and convenience to our customers is driving our strategy to make our meals closest to where we sell them. To do this, we are balancing production regionally among our facilities where we make STOUFFER'S and LEAN CUISINE meals, to more efficiently meet demand. Of course, shipping costs factor into this decision, given the price of fuel."
Nestle will continue to employ about 600 people at the Jonesboro plant, Braswell said.