JUST IN: Energizer to lay off 59 distribution workers

Energizer Holdings intends to lay off 59 workers from its distribution operation near Dayton International Airport.

The company told Ohio government Wednesday that it plans to lay off workers at the 2800 Concorde Drive center, just off National Road, but it did not offer how many employees would be let go. Instead, the company told state officials they could “request” a list of affected employees.

“We circled back with the employer this morning and were able to get a response for the number of impacted individuals, which is 59,” Bret Crow, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, said Thursday.

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The announcement was not unexpected. In November, St. Louis-based Energizer, prompted by questions from the Dayton Daily News, said it was moving some of its operations from the local center to a Monroe location.

Energizer’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act notice to Ohio government says that distribution workers will be laid off from the 2800 Concorde Drive facility while auto products manufacturing workers will remain at the Concorde Drive site. The change is expected to be permanent, Energizer said.

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“These notices are solely related to the move of such (distribution) activities to Monroe,” Nikki Eaves, a Energizer Holdings spokeswoman, told WHIO-TV this week. “Having one point of distribution for all U.S. auto care products will allow us to better meet our customers’ expectations.”

A message seeking additional information was sent to representatives of Energizer Holdings.

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