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Penske Logistics to close

May 24th, 2019

By Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

An international transportation company is closing its Fort Wayne logistics operation, eliminating 80 local jobs, according to paperwork filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Penske Logistics plans to close its facility at 2150 W. Pleasant Center Road, according to the letter signed by Michael Brown, area human resources manager based in Lisle, Illinois.

Terminations are scheduled to begin July 20.

Employees are not unionized and don't have bumping rights, Brown said in the letter the state received Monday.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies planning mass firings or layoffs to notify state and local officials at least 60 days before the effective date.

Brown couldn't be reached Wednesday, but Alen Beljin, a Penske spokesman, provided the following statement via email:

“This required WARN notice was issued by Penske Logistics in response to a recent local trucking contract termination,” he wrote. “As we have extensive trucking operations, Penske Logistics is working to identify other potential employment opportunities for these employees at other locations within the company once this contract concludes July 20.”

“The majority of the associates are truck drivers,” Beljin added.

Penske Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing, has operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. As of last year, the companies employed more than 33,000 worldwide.

The logistics operation provides supply chain management and logistics to customers worldwide. Services include warehousing and freight management, according to the company's website.

In May 2018, Penske Logistics was named one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine. The company ranked No. 72 of 500 that made the list.

Penske rental trucks are still available at numerous local retailers.

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