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Kraft Foods to Eliminate Truckers' Jobs

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Kraft Foods in Springfield will lay off about 40 employees, most of them drivers of the company’s fleet of trucks.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Kraft Foods in Springfield will lay off about 40 employees, most of them drivers of the company’s fleet of trucks.

A company spokeswoman said on Monday that the layoffs are part of a national move to eliminate the trucking division of the company, which transports Kraft products from its manufacturing facilities to suppliers across the country.

Joyce Hodel said the company will eliminate about 285 positions at 10 sites across the country by the end of 2014, including drivers and support staff. The work will be outsourced to other carriers.

Affected workers will be offered separation benefits, including severance pays based on years of service, a medical subsidy to help workers pay for COBRA insurance benefits and outplacement assistance, Hodel said.

If workers are interested in other positions open at the company’s plants, they will be considered for those openings, according to Hodel.

The move “is not a reflection on the fleet performance,” Hodel said. “Their performance has been outstanding.”

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