LIMA — A total of 229 workers at the DHL Supply Chain in Lima will be laid off by March 12 as a result of its customer, Procter & Gamble, deciding to transition providers, according to DHL spokeswoman Lynn Anderson.
DHL, located at the Lima Procter and Gamble Plant, 635 N. Cool Road, issued a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Jan. 9.
Several DHL administrative assistants, operators, managers, supervisors and security members who worked in the plant’s distribution warehouse will be laid off as a result of the transition.
FedEx Supply Chain will become the new third-party logistics provider at the plant. Approximately 75 of DHL employees will be transitioning over to the new company, according to Anderson.
“They would be working in the same place and doing very similar work, but their employer would just change to the new provider,” said Anderson.
Jeff LeRoy, a Cincinnati Procter and Gamble spokesperson, said that Fed Ex is willing to hire on 100 percent of the DHL employees as long as they pass the normal criteria.
As of now, 107 DHL employees will be relocated to other DHL supply operations in the area, such as the new site that is opening for Campbell Soup in Findlay as well as various other sites in Leipsic, Dayton and Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Anderson acknowledged that, although P&G decided to transition providers, the company understands and looks forward to working with them in the future.
“The third party business sometimes circles around, and we have a great deal with P&G and just happened that at this site they have decided to transition that business,” said Anderson.
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