C&S Whole­sale Gro­cers re­opens county fa­cil­ity

North East tops Ch­e­sa­peake City in Ma­jor Base­ball Less than 3 months after it was shut down

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

NORTH EAST

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

The rear of C&S Whole­sale Gro­cers dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter was rel­a­tively quiet Tues­day af­ter­noon al­though some em­ploy­ees were milling around.

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