Nestlé moves 44 jobs from Fremont Gerber plant to Arkansas


Gerber was founded in 1928 in Fremont and became part of Nestlé in 2007. Image via

Another stage of the $75 million, 10 year capital-investment plan announced in 2009 at Nestlé Nutrition’s Gerber plant in Fremont has been completed — the movement of Fremont’s infant cereals production line to another Nestlé Gerber plant in Fort Smith, Ark.

Christine Kuhinka, director of corporate communications for Nestlé Nutrition U.S. in New Jersey, said 44 Gerber employees in Fremont will lose their jobs on Feb. 4 as a result of the move, but she confirmed that construction also will start this year on a new product line in Fremont that could require hiring at the plant in 2014.

“In accordance with our collective bargaining agreement, we anticipate that the currently impacted associates will have the opportunity for rehire for this line in or around the first quarter of 2014,” said Kuhinka.

She added she “would like to stress how difficult these types of decisions are, and how committed we are to Fremont and to our employees. We truly extend the utmost respect to the people who have been impacted by this announcement,” said Kuhinka.

She was not at liberty to provide details about the new product line being planned.

About 1,200 people are now employed at Gerber in Fremont, according to Kuhinka.

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