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J.C. Penney closing distribution center, laying off 230

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J.C. Penney Co. Inc. plans to close its Plainfield distribution and support center and lay off 230 workers, company officials said Monday morning.

The retailer informed the state it will lay off 121 employees on Sept. 8, followed by the layoff of 30 more workers a week later and the remainder by the end of September.

The distribution center opened in 2002 at 700 Airtech Parkway near the Indianapolis International Airport.

J.C. Penney officials said the company intends to offer severance benefits and transition programs, including outplacement services to employees who are eligible under the company’s policies. Officials told IBJ a total 230 workers will be affected; just 176 were mentioned in the notice filed with the state Department of Workforce Development.

The retailer lost $163 million in its latest quarter and suffered a 20-percent drop in revenue after rolling out a new pricing strategy that did away with frequent sales.


 

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  • Plainfield DC employees
    William, do you work at the DC in Plainfield right now? I'm currently trying to help some of the employees out.. Let me know
  • Should have paid attention
    This is due to their relentless support of gays. They should have remmained neutral, but nooooo, they didn't listen and then got boycotted. Ha!
  • This had nothing to do with the quarter sales
    This was actually decided early last year. Several DFWs and DCs have been planed to be put on the chopping block and/or merged with other facilities through the country. The bad quarter didn't help, but it was not a factor in the decision making process, as I said this was already told to us when I was working at the Milwaukee Facility. It was a let down, because I only took the job in Milwaukee so I could transfer back down to Indy's DC. It's going to suck for a lot of those people who have been working at the facility for 10 years to possibly have to take big pay cuts seeking other jobs, and their is no guarantee that they will get a job with similar pay at another company's DC.

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