By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun
7:13 PM EST, January 3, 2013
Commerce Corp., a lawn and garden supplies distributor based in Curtis Bay, notified state regulators that it was laying off between 60 and 70 workers.
Commerce Corp., a lawn and garden supplies distributor based in Curtis Bay, notified state regulators Thursday that it was laying off between 60 and 70 workers.
According to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Commerce initially said it was closing its principal office at 7603 Energy Parkway. The company later said it was not shutting operations there, but instead had started to lay off workers on Dec. 28, according to the agency.
Commerce, a private company founded in Baltimore in 1923, has grown into the largest lawn and garden supplies distributor on the East Coast. CEO Richard Lessans, a grandson of one of the founders, did not return a phone call Thursday seeking comment. Lessans told the The Baltimore Sun last week that his company, with facilities also in California and Michigan, employed 280 workers nationwide.
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