The fate of about half of the employees of Nestle USA’s Glendale headquarters apparently has yet to be settled as a result of the food and beverage giant’s decision to relocate to Virginia, the company said Wednesday.
In February, the company said its 1,200 employees in Glendale would be offered jobs in Nestle facilities in other cities including the new headquarters.
However, Nestle this month filed a notice with the state’s Employment Development Department, required when a business anticipates significant layoffs. That notice did not provide a number of employees who would relocate or a number of those who would lose their jobs.
A Nestlé USA spokesperson said in an email to the Business Journal that 612 employees in Glendale could be impacted by the relocation but did not elaborate or specify if that meant they stand to lose their jobs.
“Please note that the majority of these individuals have been offered relocation and may not experience a job loss,” the spokesperson wrote. “We anticipate that this number of impacted employees will continue to decrease as other positions within Nestle are accepted.”
The EDD notice outlined a timeline for the layoffs, which started in April, and are expected to continue till early February. Layoffs not related to the relocation are also taking place at the Glendale and Oakland locations.
In February, Nestle USA announced it would relocate its corporate headquarters and that it expected to complete the transition by early 2018. A spokeswoman at the time said that of its 1,200 jobs in Glendale, 750 would be transferred to its new headquarters in Arlington County; 300 would move to its Ohio businesses; and the remaining 150 or so would be divided across its various other U.S. facilities, including its Purina PetCare headquarters in St. Louis. The company has nine plants in California and employs roughly 5,500 workers.