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Two Maryland employers have warned state labor officials of layoffs that could affect nearly 400 workers.

Saks Fifth Avenue said it would terminate a third of its workforce, or 223 employees, at its Aberdeen distribution and order fulfillment center starting in late May, the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said Tuesday.

Julia Bentley, a Saks spokeswoman, said the retailer was opening a new fulfillment center for saks.com in Tennessee and was phasing out such jobs in Aberdeen. About 400 remaining workers at the Harford County facility will handle distribution of merchandise to Saks Fifth Avenue and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF5th stores, Bentley said.

Saks is providing separation packages and re-employment assistance to affected workers, she added.

Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, told state officials that it would end operations at its Waldorf location if the company could not emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. An end to operations would affect 158 workers.

Hanah.cho@baltsun.com

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