The owner of the Good Humor ice cream factory announced it would close its Hagerstown plant in 2013.
The 440 employees at the dessert-making plant will soon have to seek new jobs, the Herald-Mail reports.
Unilever, owner of Good Humor, did not announce the schedule of layoffs, but cuts could be coming as soon as this October. A representative from the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission said that the plant typically lets go of temporary workers during the winter when demand goes down. This year, those cuts could include permanent workers.
The Good Humor plant was previously slated to close this year, with work transferred to other factories.
The workforce development agency Western Maryland Consortium has reached out to Unilever to offer retraining to workers who lose their jobs.