Book distributor to terminate 147 employees in local closure

February 28, 2018

The country’s largest book distributor plans to close its distribution center on the northwest side of Indianapolis, resulting in 147 job losses.

Readerlink Distribution Services LLC on Wednesday notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development that it expects to permanently close its facility at 5045 W. 79th St. on Aug. 31.

The company did not provide a reason for the closure.

Readerlink said it would begin parting ways with employees at the distribution center May 4 with at least 40 terminations that day. Further rounds of terminations are scheduled for May 25, June 29 and July 13.

A director of operations will stay on until the closure is completed.

A majority of the employees at the facility are listed as warehouse associates, workers and clerks. The facility has about 25 forklift operators

Oak Brook, Illinois-based Readerlink is the largest distributor of books to mass merchandisers in United States, and the largest distributor of hardcover, trade and paperback books to non-trade-channel booksellers in North America.

The company says it distributes 300 million books annually to more than 50,000 retail locations nationwide. Its customers include almost every major retailer, including Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger and CVS. It reports more than $1 billion in annual sales.

Readerlink also has major distribution centers in Romeoville, Illinois, Salem, Virginia, and Clearfield Utah.

The company, founded in 1962, reports more than $1 billion in annual sales.



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