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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Keurig Green Mountain Lays Off 35 Vermont Employees

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 5:05 PM

click to enlarge The discontinued Keurig KOLD drink maker - COURTESY OF KEURIG
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  • The discontinued Keurig KOLD drink maker
Updated 5:37 p.m.

Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 53 manufacturing employees, including 35 in Vermont, the company said Thursday.

The coffee and beverage giant notified Vermont Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle that the layoffs involve employees at its Essex, Williston and Waterbury locations, according to Kurrle.

The layoffs are part of an effort to consolidate and restructure the company's manufacturing operations, spokesperson Katie Gilroy wrote in an email to Seven Days.

It's not the first effort to slim down the company. Keurig Green Moutain laid off 200 workers during cuts in 2015, and an additional 108 after it ended its cold-brewing line the following year.

The company currently operates in five U.S. states and Canada. In January, Keurig announced it plans to merge with Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

The Department of Labor requires notice of layoffs only if the cuts affect more than 50 Vermont employees, Kurrle said. But Keurig Green Mountain nonetheless agreed to provide the state a list of employees. The Department of Labor will reach out to them with information about unemployment benefits and other job openings, according to Kurrle.

Keurig will offer the employees a severance package, according to Gilroy.

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