Good Humor Hagerstown plant set to close July 27

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The heat wave that has baked the D.C. area over the past several days has made people find multiple different ways to cool off.

However, if you're a fan of the popular Good Humor ice cream bars, the chances of doing that may dwindle locally, and the jobs of 400 people are going away as well. The Good Humor plant in Hagerstown is closing on July 27, and once the doors close, the jobs are gone too.

The parent company of Good Humor, Unilever, is consolidating, which means the Hagerstown plant is shutting down and moving operations to Tennessee. In the meantime, a nationwide shortage of some of the company's most popular ice cream bars - the Toasted Almond, Chocolate Eclair and Candy Center Crunch Bars - due to the transition of equipment.

Beyond the lack of ice cream, though, the impending closure has led to the good humor inside the ice cream plant being replaced by fear and worry.

One employee, who only wanted to be identified as Tom, has spent nearly 18 years packing frozen treats into boxes for shipping.

"A lot of us don't know what we're going to do," he said.

For another employee, Tim, and his wife, who have worked for the company for 24 and 28 years respectively, they're losing both incomes.

"Husbands and wives that work together in here have kids, so you're talking about whole families that are getting (axed)," Tom said.

Unilever has not responded to ABC 7's request for comment.