Dreyer’s announces layoffs, temporary shutdowns in Bakersfield

Posted at 10:17 AM, Sep 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-28 15:41:12-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Inc. has announced in a letter to Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh that they will temporarily shut down portions of its plant located in the city. The shutdown will result in the layoff of over 900 employees.

The first temporary shutdown is slated to begin on November 23rd and last for 14 days with operations resuming on December 2nd. A second shutdown will take place on December 24th and last until January 2, 2023.

The majority of those affected are machine, production, and key operators. Others affected include supervisors, mix room operators, and various production employees. A full list of those affected is below.

Dreyer's issued the following statement in regards to the shutdowns: "At Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream we are continuously working to enhance the way we produce and sell our products. Over the past two years we have been investing heavily to optimize our operations, and focus on growing our ice cream business and driving growth of the category. As part of this plan for growth, we have been installing new production lines, adding jobs and now we will be migrating all our business systems to a new software managed by Froneri (our parent company). In order to implement this systems migration, we will be pausing ice cream production for a short period of time towards the end of November and resuming in early December."