Unilever recently revealed plans to close its ice cream manufacturing facility located in Henderson, Nevada, reports Reuters. The shutdown will result in 300 people losing their jobs.
The plant was used by Unilever to manufacturer ice cream and frozen novelties for brands like Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Magnum, Popsicle, Good Humor and Klondike.
According to Catherine Reynolds, a Unilever spokeswoman who was cited by Reuters, the closure of the Henderson facility is in the best long-term interest of our business. She also mentioned that the facility’s production will be transferred to factories in Sikeston, Missouri; Covington, Tennessee, and Vermont.
The report also notes that the plant’s production is due to cease at the end of August. Employees can apply for open positioned at other sites.
While the exact reasons behind the decision to close down the plant were not disclosed, Unilever appears to be aiming to optimize its supply chain. To that end, the company closed an ice cream plant in Clearwater, Florida in 2014, which affected 210 workers, and another one in Hagerstown, Maryland in 2012.