Union workers at a Freehold, N.J., Nestle instant coffee plant rallied to attempt to save their jobs this week, fearing the possibility that the company would shut the plant down.
More than 200 employees have been concerned about the future of the facility since hearing in May that the plant might be shuttered, according to local news reports. A Nestle spokesperson said the company was meeting with the union leadership to discuss challenges at the facility, due to the age of the plant, limited flexibility and inability to meet instant coffee demand cost-effectively, the news outlet reported.
The Freehold plant was built 75 years ago and is the only coffee production company in the country with more than 200 union workers. Nestle says the factory is outdated and production capabilities are limited because of the plant’s age.
According to reports, a final decision on the plant’s future has yet to be determined.