C&S Wholesale Grocers reopens county facility
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— C&S Wholesale Grocers reopened its warehouse/distribution facility Tuesday with a small number of employees, just a little more than three months after shuttering the facility and laying off nearly 200 people.
“We are encouraged that they are bringing job opportunities, employment
and business back to Cecil County,” Susquehanna Workforce Network Executive Director Bruce England said Tuesday, although he had not confirmed that the company actually reopened doors Tuesday. “This has occurred suddenly from our vantage point. We do know they are recruiting to fill multiple positions for warehouse selectors and forklift operators.”
England said the job openings were posted on C&S Wholesale Grocers website, as well as Maryland Workforce Exchange jobs website late last week.
“The human resource department of C&S contacted us last week to inform us that they will be bring more jobs to Cecil County and that the North East facility will be reopening as early as Tuesday,” England said. “They are hoping to get up to their previous staffing level.”
When the Whig stopped by the Lums Road facility late Tuesday, its gates were open to the warehouse and the gatehouse was occupied. However, officials with
C&S Wholesale Grocers did not return the Cecil Whig’s requests for specific information by its Tuesday press deadline.
The company announced plans to close down Feb. 1 and started layoffs March 24 with closure on April 1. The news of the closure came as a surprise to Cecil County officials and the Susquehanna Workforce Network staff.
“We were very surprised to hear the news of C&S Wholesale Grocers closing their distribution center in North East,” County Executive Tari Moore said in February.
Officials from C&S blamed the closure on earlier contractual losses. It was unclear Tuesday what changes may have prompted the company’s decision to reopen.
SWN helped many of the laid off employees find other jobs this spring and get additional job training, England said.
C&S corporate headquarters announced last fall it was embarking on a restructuring of the nationwide company that delivers 170,000 food products to 6,500 independent and chain grocery stores across the country.
The rear of C&S Wholesale Grocers distribution center was relatively quiet Tuesday afternoon although some employees were milling around.