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Blue Bell Makes Agonizing Decision to Layoff 37 Percent of its Workforce

Blue Bell Ice Cream Layoffs   Blue Bell Creameries has announced it’s “agonizing decision” to layoff workers, the company’s first ever layoffs since the’ve been in business. The layoffs will cut Blue Bell’s workforce by over one third. The layoffs are being made because the company has halted production and begun a recall back in April after some of their products and plants were connected to the recent Listeria outbreak.   Paul Kruse, Blue Bell Creameries’ President and CEO was the one that released the statement, calling it an “agonizing decision”. Mr. Kruse attributed the layoffs to the Listeria scare taking longer than expected as well as distribution constraints as major reasons for deciding to layoff workers. The buck doesn’t stop with layoffs unfortunately, as Mr. Kruse said salary reductions and furloughs will also be in order.   Roughly 1,400 workers are expected to be furloughed, and around 1,450 employees will be laid off, some of which are part time and some that are full time workers. Those numbers represent 37% of Blue Bell Creameries’ 3,900 employees.   “The agonizing decision to lay off hundreds of our great workers and reduce hours and pay for others was the most difficult one I have had to make in my time as Blue Bell’s CEO and President. At Blue Bell, our employees are part of our family, and we did everything we could to keep people on our payroll for as long as possible.  At the same time, we have an obligation to do what is necessary to bring Blue Bell back and ensure its viability in the future. This is a sad day for all of us at Blue Bell, and for me personally.” – Paul Kruse, President and CEO, Blue Bell Creameries.   The company has said that the cleaning and sterilization process for their four production facilities is going to be a longer process than they had first expected, noting the the process will take considerably longer at the main facility in Brenham, citing extensive repairs and replacement of existing equipment as the reason. As of the time of this publication, Blue Bell doesn’t have any idea how long it may take to resume production.   Blue Bell Creameries is also suspending operations and laying off employees at these distribution centers throughout the country: Denver, CO; Phoenix and Tuscon, AZ; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Wichita and Kansas City, KS; Albuquerque, NM; Charlotte and Raleigh, NC; Las Vegas, NV; Richmond, VA; Columbia, SC

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