BRENHAM, WASHINGTON COUNTY - Blue Bell Creameries has announced a massive round of layoffs and furloughs as it confronted the reality of long-term plant closures to recover from the listeria crisis.
The layoffs affect about 750 full-time and 700 part-time employees, or 37 percent of the Blue Bell workforce of 3,900.
Another 1,400 employees will be furloughed. Altogether, the actions affect nearly three out of four Blue Bell workers.
After the recent announcement of 160 workers being laid off by Valmont Industries and another 64 let go by MIC Group, the local workforce has taken a big hit.
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