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Nestlé to cut at least 50 jobs at Waverly plant

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Nestlé will be cutting more than 50 jobs from their Nestlé plant in Waverly over the next few months. 

A spokesperson for the company says the plant currently employs 254. With this cut, 49 hourly jobs will be phased out, as well as 7 salary employees

"Nestlé has just recently completed a very thorough evaluation of the productivity of all of our manufacturing facilities across the U.S," said Nestlé USA Communications Director Roz O'Hearn. "Like so many, we're placing emphasis on streamlining our operations so that we can bring products to markets faster and more economically."

The company notified employees at the plant on Monday. O'Hearn says the changes could happen anywhere from now through 2018

"We're being very thoughtful about how to optimize our manufacturing facilities so that we're being very smart about where we're making which products when," said O'Hearn. 

According to the city of Waverly's website, the Nestlé plant produces items such as Instant Breakfast, Hot Cocoa Mix, Instant Non-Fat Dairy Milk and various sauces sold in the retail and food service market.

This comes just a year after another major employer in Waverly shut its doors. Back in July 2016, Terex shut down their Waverly plant phasing out 175 jobs.

Waverly Economic Development Director Bill Werger says he doesn't foresee the Nestlé plant shutting down completely. 

"You're always concerned when there's a job reduction," said Werger. "You're going to be concerned. But they're indicating that they're just changing their operations. We hope that's all they do, and that things works out after that. We really want to make sure that when there is job loss and when it does occur that we help those workers and we get new employment in the area."

Werger says CMI Roadbuilding has bought the old Terex plant and will be starting production next year. It's expected to bring in close to 50 jobs to start and ramp up production in the future. 

"It's always a concern for us," said Werger. "And we really feel for those people that will be losing jobs, and we want to support them in any way we can."

For job postings in Waverly, visit the city's website

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