New York-based publishing company Simon & Schuster has expanded its Riverside facility and will cut 72 positions at its Bristol, Pa., warehouse and distribution site in early 2010.
"We're now able to accommodate the shipping needs (in Riverside) that were previously separated into two warehouses," Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg said Monday. "Because of the enhancements, we're now able to ship everything out of the one location, which is good for our business."
Rothberg said Simon & Schuster would add to its staff in Delran and could opt to transfer some of the 72 workers. About 20 employees will remain at the Bristol site on Radcliffe Street.
"We're changing the role there to an overflow storage and seasonal shipping location," said Rothberg.
Additional shipping capacity is often needed at certain times of the year, including the holiday season, he added.
The layoffs are scheduled to occur between Jan. 12 and Feb. 12, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.
The Bristol warehouse facility was the site of a double-fatal shooting in August 2008, during which a disgruntled former employee opened fire on two Simon & Schuster employees in the warehouse parking area. Robert Diamond, 33, was charged, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to death for killing Angel Guadalupe, 46, of Falls and Reginald Woodson, 52, of Willingboro. He is appealing the death sentence.
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