Unilever Manufacturing, the global consumer goods provider, announced on Monday it will be closing its Clearwater facility, permanently laying off all 210 employees.
The facility is an ice cream plant located at 5400 118th Ave. N.
Unilever spokesperson Jaime Stein said employees received notice of the closing and layoffs two weeks ago. They can apply for other positions within Unilever, Stein added.
Recent investments in technology led to the decision to transition the ice cream manufacturing at the Clearwater plant to other Unilever facilities, such as Sikeston, Mo. and Covington, Tenn. Last year, the company invested $108 million in the Covington facility.
The Clearwater factory has operated since 1982 and was acquired by Unilever in 1993. Stein could not say if Unilever will keep the structure.