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Two firms announce layoffs in Baltimore region

Two firms announced layoffs at Baltimore region locations on Wednesday, with total cuts impacting more than 250 workers.

Sims Recycling Solutions, an Illinois-based electronics recycling firm based, is closing its Elkridge plant after losing a federal contract, which drove more than half of the volume at the location, President Steve Skurnac said. Remaining customers will be served at other facilities.

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The closure means cuts of about 160 positions, including 86 full-time employees and hourly workers from temp agencies, Skurnac said. The layoffs are effective at the end of March, according to the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Sims is the successor to E-Structors, an Elkridge firm Sims purchased in 2012.

Sims is owned by Sims Metal Management Limited, which last fall said it was streamlining operations in the face of declining commodity prices, with moves that could affect 35 facilities and 800 full and part-time employees. The timing of the Elkridge cuts is not related, Skurnac said.

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Acosta Sales & Marketing, based in Florida, also said it would cut at least 93 positions at its Hanover office, according to a DLLR WARN notice. The layoffs are effective at the end of February. The firm, which works with food companies, said more layoffs are possible in the next three months, according to the state.

Acosta did not respond to questions about what prompted the layoffs and how many people may be affected, but said in a statement that the firm hopes to place people in new positions within the company.

This post has been updated with comment from the companies and corrected the description of Acosta's Hanover office.

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