XPO Logistics to End Operations at Central Pennsylvania Warehouse; Lindt Chocolate is growing

XPO Logistics, a transportation and logistics service provider, has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to notify the state that 73 people will be laid off in the Pennsylvania area. Carlisle for two weeks. period starting Jan 2

XPO Logistics, provided work at the warehouse at 40 Logistics Drive in South Middleton Township, but said its services were no longer required there. A spokesperson for the company said the layoffs are not expected to be permanent as it expects to find jobs at other XPO sites in the area for everyone who worked at that facility.

“Our client made the business decision to move elsewhere,” said a spokesperson for XPO Logistics. “We are confident that we will find positions for our colleagues at other XPO sites in the region.”

XPO Logistics refused to identify the customer.

XPO Logistics said in the WARN notice dated Jan. 2 that it filed the notice with the state as a precautionary measure to meet any possible legal requirements.

In October, XPO Logistics ad that it was hiring hundreds of people in the Harrisburg area as part of its plan to hire 15,000 people in North America by November 15.

Lindt has a facility in Cumberland County. (Daniel Urie, PennLive)

The warehouse at 40 Logistics Drive houses a distribution center for Lindt & Sprüngli and a Lindt USA outlet. Lindt, the maker of premium chocolate products, opened in mid-state in 2015. A spokesperson for Lindt said the candy maker only used part of the facility and XPO Logistics was not working for them, but said it now plans to expand its operation to the facility.

“The Carlisle warehouse is part of our distribution network, where until now only part of the facility was used for our storage and operated by a partner (not XPO),” the spokesperson said in an email. “Lindt & Sprüngli now plans to use the entire facility for our purposes and retain our long-standing partner.”

Lindt did not say what the reason for the Carlisle area warehouse expansion was.

The WARN Act is a federal law that provides protection for workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to provide 60 days notice before a covered business closes and a covered business is massively laid off.

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