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September 16, 2019 11:15 AM, EDT

Nestle to Close Illinois Distribution Facility

121 Workers to Be Laid Off
Nestle logo on water bottle Rogelio V. Solis/AP

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Nestle is closing a frozen food distribution facility in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights, Ill., and laying off 121 workers beginning in October.

The facility, which houses products such as Dreyer’s ice cream and DiGiorno pizza for direct-to-store delivery, is one of eight company-owned centers being shut down across the U.S. as Nestle shifts to a third-party warehouse distribution model. The transition will take place through next spring, the company said.

Nestle was among more than a dozen employers warning of nearly 3,600 layoffs in required notices filed with the state last month.

In Chicago, upscale clothier Barneys New York, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed its Oak Street store last month, told the state it laid off 128 workers in the process.

Southwest suburban Manteno is taking a one-two punch, with both DHL Supply Chain and XPO Logistics Supply Chain notifying the state of layoffs and facility closures in October. XPO is laying off 755 employees, while DHL is laying off 142, according to the filing.

DHL Supply Chain spokeswoman Nicole Porter said the work in Manteno is “being absorbed” at a new site in Joliet.

“We have been working with Manteno team members to place them in other sites within our Midwest campus that have openings and are a fit with those associates’ proximity to other sites,” Porter said in an email.

XPO also is moving its Manteno operations to a larger facility in Joliet.

“We are working with employees to transfer to the new facility, or identify other opportunities in the area,” XPO spokesman Bob Josephson said.

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A Del Monte vegetable canning plant in Mendota is closing, and 473 employees will lose their jobs at the end of October. The LaSalle County facility packages peas, corn, mixed vegetables and carrots. The move is part of a strategy by California-based Del Monte to shed assets and cut costs.

MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island told the state it will lay off 814 workers when it shutters the south suburban hospital in October. Several legislators have petitioned the state to delay the closing.

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