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Keurig Green Mountain Lays Off 35 Vermont Workers

Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 35 workers, including some at the company's Waterbury facility, seen here.
Henry Epp
Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 35 workers, including some at the company's Waterbury facility, seen here.

Keurig Green Mountain is laying off 35 people in Vermont, effective Friday, June 1, according to the state’s Department of Labor.

Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle said the company, known for its K-cup machines, notified the state of the layoffs Thursday. She said the lost jobs are primarily in manufacturing.

But Kurrle said the prospects for new employment may be good for those laid off from Keurig.

“I understand that some of our manufacturing employers around the state have reached out to the Department of Labor's Career Resource Centers to express interest in connecting with those impacted workers," Kurrle said. "So we're very hopeful that any transition time or time being out of work will be very short-lived."

Kurrle said the layoffs are spread across Keurig's locations in Essex, Williston and Waterbury.

Keurig spokesperson Katie Gilroy confirmed the layoffs, which she referred to as "a targeted headcount reduction" in a written statement.

"We will be providing employees with transition support, including a severance package," Gilroy said. "This action is designed to standardize key operations across our network by adopting a common organizational support structure at our manufacturing sites. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best in cost, quality and service, and are confident these organizational changes are the right choice for our business as we continue to grow."

Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle said Keurig was proactive in notifying the Department of Labor.

"They understand that we have a team of people that can work with workers that are laid off and let them know how they can access unemployment insurance benefits during a transition time,” Kurrle said.

Back in January, Keurig announced plans to merge with Dr Pepper Snapple. That merger is still in the works.

Update 9:55 p.m. This post has been updated to include a statement from Keurig spokesperson Katie Gilroy.

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