Blue Bunny ice cream maker cutting 58 jobs

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Le Mars-based ice cream maker Wells Enterprises says it’s eliminating 58 jobs.

The Sioux City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/HQ6EEh ) the maker of Blue Bunny ice cream announced in a statement Tuesday the job cuts were needed “in the midst of a challenging economic environment.”

Company spokesman Dave Smetter says 38 positions will come from the corporate offices in Le Mars and 20 will come from field staff.

Those losing their jobs will receive severance packages.

Wells has about 2,500 employees, with most in Le Mars, where the company has ice cream and frozen novelties plants, a larger freezer and a warehouse. Another plant is in St. George, Utah.

The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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