UPDATE: Cintas to close east-side Indianapolis facility, cut 69 jobs

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Cintas Corp. plans to close a east-side Indianapolis facility by the end of next month, eliminating 69 jobs, but some of the affected workers are likely to stay with the company at other facilities.

The Cincinnati-based company, which supplies work uniforms, safety items, floor mats and other workplace products, filed a mass layoff notice Friday with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Cintas said it expects to close a uniform-supply facility at 9145 E. 33rd St., just east of Post Road, by the end of July. The facility is a former G&K Services Inc. site, less than a mile east of another Cintas uniform-supply facility at 9949 Park Davis Drive.

Cintas acquired Minnesota-based G&K in March for $2.2 billion, including acquired net debt. G&K now operates as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cintas.

“Over the course of the next two months, the company expects to terminate its workforce at the address as a result of the permanent closure of the facility,” Cintas wrote in its letter to the state.

Cintas said positions to be eliminated include nearly 20 sales representatives and managers, as well as numerous workers who load, unload, sort, pack and repair rental products.

A Cintas spokeswoman said Monday that a still-to-be determined number of jobs are expected to be added at the 9949 Park Davis Drive facility and another uniform-supply facility on the west side of the city.

"The company will add a significant number of positions at its two local legacy Cintas plants and affected employee-partners are encouraged to apply," the company said in an email. "If the company is unable to offer continuing employment, severance pay, optional continued healthcare coverage and job placement help and resources will be provided."

Consolidation was expected after Cintas acquired G&K. In an announcement made when the deal closed, Cintas said it expected to realize “annual synergies in the range of $130 million to $140 million” by the fourth full year post-acquisition.

Cintas also has local offices that offer facility and safety products and services. It has more than 400 facilities total in North America.

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