Thursday, May 3, 2007

Even more details about Nash Finch

The Northwest Indiana Times has an extensive report on the Nash Finch layoffs:

Food wholesaler Nash Finch Co. plans to cut 300 jobs at its distribution plant here by early next month, the company told state officials.

The layoffs are effective June 4, though some may come earlier, the company said in a letter notifying the Indiana Workforce Development department.

The changes likely will affect every department in the plant, a former Roundy's grocery distribution center, on U.S. 421. Nash Finch has operated there about two years.

The permanent work force reduction comes on the heels of the company's loss in April of its "major customer," South Bend-based Martin's Supermarkets, NashFinch Human Resources Director Denise Wilson said in the April 30 letter to Indiana officials.

Both union and non-union employees will be affected.

Union employees at the plant are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Indianapolis local, and by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Cuts to union jobs will be based on seniority, with close to 50 percent of the layoffs going to workers with the least seniority in each job classification, the company said.

The company couldn't say which specific positions will be affected.

No one from Nash Finch Co. returned phone calls on Wednesday seeking comment.

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