By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun
10:24 AM EST, February 18, 2013
A convenience store supplier located in Anne Arundel County is closing its doors and plans to layoff about 200 workers.
Eby F.A. Davis LLC, a division of the Illinois-based Eby-Brown Co., will be ending operations at its Baltimore-area facility and conducting layoffs of 194 employees in two phases, according to a statement Friday from the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
The first phase will occur over a two-week period in mid-April; the second will be during a two-week period in mid-May, the department said.
Some sales and merchandising employees may be hired by Liberty USA Inc., another distribution company that will be taking on Eby F.A. Davis' independent customers, according to a statement from Eby-Brown on Monday.
Other Eby F.A. Davis customers in the Baltimore region will be serviced by Eby-Brown distribution centers outside Maryland, the statement said.
The company lost a major regional customer in the fall, said Richard Wake, Eby-Brown's co-president. After that loss, the company "could not find a way to make our Baltimore business financially viable going forward," he said.
The state's labor department has contacted the company to explain employment services that are available for the affected workers.
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