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November 12, 2009

Layoffs hit True Value

The Corsicana True Value regional distribution center laid off 17 warehouse employees and another six temporary employees Thursday, the result of the national economic downturn.

“It’s no secret the economy is going through tough times,” said Dan Wilkie, general manager of the Corsicana plant. “Through the last year, sales have been down, especially the last three months.”

The Corsicana plant is one of 12 True Value distribution centers in the nation. True Value is a hardware store cooperative, owned by the independent member stores.

The center has been looking for ways to balance the reduced workload, sales, and fixed expenses, Wilkie explained.

“After some serious consideration, which is never a pleasure to do, the company had to make some operational changes,” he said.

In addition to the 17 warehouse employees and six temporary positions in the warehouse and transportation areas, the company is also consolidating some of its work, he said. For example, instead of two shipping days, there will be one.

“With today’s environment, we’ve got to balance our resources with costs and sales, and things are a little soft,” Wilkie said.

He added that the decision to lay off any personnel was a painful one, but emphasized the employees were not fired.

“It’s a temporary lay-off. They’re not terminated from the company,” he said. If the opportunity arises, the company will look to pull those same people back into either their old positions or new jobs.

It’s been a painful year for Corsicana’s job market, with reported losses at Goody’s of about 14, and another 84 at Jeld-Wen, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission.


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