Lexington County Blue Bell distribution center closing

Blue Bell ice cream on a shelf being emptied at a grocery store in Dallas in April. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced Friday that it is closing its Lexington County distribution center after a nationwide voluntary recall of all of its products.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Several dozen workers are losing their jobs in South Carolina as Blue Bell closes its distribution center in Lexington County.

Local media outlets report that the center is located in Red Bank near Interstate 20 and opened in 2006. The company says each of its distribution centers has between 30 and 50 workers.

Paul Kruse, the president and CEO of the Texas company, announced on Friday that about 1,400 full- and part-time workers are losing their jobs nationwide.

The Texas-based company announced the layoffs following a series of listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream that prompted a nationwide recall of Blue Bell products.