California-based Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream Holdings will shut down its City of Commerce manufacturing plant at the end of April 2006.

The Commerce plant closure will impact 99 employees, but Dreyer’s said it hopes to offer alternative positions or work locations to most of these workers, including jobs at a newly expanded Bakersfield ice cream plant.

All production from the Commerce plant, in California, will be shifted to the Bakersfield facility, in California, which received a US$100 million expansion last year. Dreyer’s said this production shift has been in transition for the past year.

Oakland-based company Dreyer’s hired 381 workers at the Bakersfield plant in 2005, bringing its employee total to nearly 800. It has more than 6,900 employees across the US with more than 2,600 in California.

The Commerce plant produces ice cream in family-size cartons for home sale as well as three-gallon-size containers for restaurants and parlours.

Dreyer’s’ two plants serving the east coast of the US are in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and in Laurel, Maryland. In addition to the Commerce and Bakersfield facilities in California, Dreyer’s also has three other ice cream manufacturing plants in the West, situated in Tulare, California, Houston, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dreyer’s distribute ice cream and other frozen dessert products, including Haagen-Dazs, Nestle, Drumstick and Nestle Crunch.