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New owner shuttering former Ettline facility in York

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A Michigan company is closing down a York County food distribution center and laying off its 64 workers.

Gordon Food Service, which acquired Ettline Foods Corp. in October, announced the closing of Ettline’s former Spring Garden Township-based center at 525 N. State St. The company will begin dismissing employees from the center March 23 and plans on having the facility entirely closed by June 15. 

According to a notice filed by Gordon Foods under the Worker Adjustment and Notification Act, or WARN Act, the layoffs will impact 64 employees including administrative, distribution and inside sales staff.

The remaining 70 staff, representing transportation and outside sales staff,  will work out of a regional branch elsewhere in York County, according to Gordon Foods spokesman Deb Abraham.

Abraham encouraged staff impacted by the change to seek employment at the company's distribution center in Aberdeen, Md., which will serve clients currently served by the York County location once the latter closes. 

Gordon Food is a food distributor based in Grand Rapids, Mich. The company has distribution sites in 10 states and Canada, including a distribution center in Findlay Township in Allegheny County. Gordon Food also operates a chain of membership-based food service stores with three locations in Allegheny County and one in Westmoreland County. 

Ettline was acquired by Gordon Foods in the fall. 

Ettline had operated since 2004 under an employee stock ownership plan. Under such plans, employees gradually receive stock from the company, which typically must be purchased by the company upon their departure

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ThomasMaloney May 23, 2018 9:46 pm

I just hope that the employees have enough emergency funds in storage to tide through this tough time. The company really should find a solution to help transfer all of these employees so that their lives won't be disrupted by this mass laying-off of the staff! I can imagine that a lot of these people will be devastated to know that they have lost their jobs here!

UdyRegan April 9, 2018 11:53 pm

This is really terrible news. I imagine that the employees who will be displaced by this change are going to be rather devastated. The company should actually make the effort to reassign positions to these hardworking men and women in their storage warehouses or something until they can find alternative work! If this ever happened to my business for storage in perth North, I hope that I would at least be able to do that for my employees!