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Delivery company to lay off 105 employees in Butler County

Posted: 9:40 AM, Feb 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-13 09:40:33-05
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FAIRFIELD, Ohio — The state of Ohio has been notified of layoffs happening at a facility in Fairfield, the Journal-News reports.

The layoffs are coming from Bear Down Logistics, an Illinois-based company that had been contracted to provide last-mile delivery from Amazon’s facilities.

Bear Down sent the notification to the state today, saying it would close down the facility at 4250 Port Union Road in Fairfield and lay off 105 employees.

The closure and layoff is expected to be permanent, the company said in a letter signed by Michael Dipiazza, vice president of operations.

All affected employees have been notified of their separation dates and that their separation from employment will be permanent, Dipiazza said.

Amazon works closely with a variety of carrier partners to get packages to Amazon customers and the company regularly evaluates its partnerships, the company told this news outlet today. It has ended its relationship with Bear Down Logistics and is working closely with all impacted drivers to ensure they find opportunities to deliver Amazon packages with other local delivery service partners with little to no disruption to pay, the company said.

Dipiazza at Bear Down Logistics could not be reached for comment.

Ohio follows federal requirements under the Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires employers to provide written notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Dislocated Worker Unit (Rapid Response Unit) at least 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and mass layoffs.

The Journal-News is a media partner of WCPO 9 News.