Tuesday, December 14, 2010

92 jobs cut in Lebanon, Murfreesboro

Layoffs at two companies in Lebanon and Murfreesboro, affecting 92 workers, were reported Monday by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a division of the California-based Con-Way Inc., said it would furlough 68 employees as it closes a warehouse in Lebanon that it operates on behalf of Nortel Networks, which earlier this year was taken over by Avaya Inc., after Nortel filed bankruptcy.

Avaya is moving the operations of the Lebanon facility to another warehouse in Memphis, said Con-Way spokesman Gary Frantz.

Most of the displaced Menlo workers will leave the company Jan. 4, he said, adding that they are being offered severance and outplacement services.

B&W Wholesale Distributors, which provides candy, tobacco, and health and beauty products to supermarkets and convenience stores in a multi-state area, will trim 25 workers beginning Friday, the Labor Department said.

The company's website says it has about 100 employees now.

B&W Chief Operating Officer John Smith, reached by phone, said he had no knowledge of the layoffs, and several other company officers, also contacted by phone, declined to confirm or comment.

Contact Tennessean business writer G. Chambers Williams III at 615-259-8076 or cwilliams1@tennessean.com.

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