Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is laying off 58 employees in North Charleston, South Carolina this summer. The move comes just a year after Amazon moved CreateSpace, its book printing facility, out of the city.
CreateSpace, Amazon’s self-publishing service, is laying off employees in its editing, marketing, and design division in July. The company has decided to no longer provide these services to aspiring writers. CreateSpace isn’t going anywhere, however; the indie publisher will continue to print books for authors and help them distribute their books through online retail outlets and the like.
Layoffs will start in March, with the service division closing in July.
“After a thorough review of our service offerings, we’ve made the decision to discontinue Createspace’s paid professional editing, design and marketing services,” Amazon said in a statement. “We will work closely with impacted employees through this transition to help them find new roles within the company or assist them with pursuing opportunities outside the company.”
This is the second case of Amazon layoffs in the Charleston area since 2017. Last year, Amazon moved its on-demand book printing warehouse, and 150 jobs, from North Charleston to West Columbia.
The company’s Make On Demand center, which prints and publishes books, was relocated to a new facility in Columbia in March 2017. The warehouse is tied to Amazon’s CreateSpace subsidiary. According to Amazon, the lease expired in North Charleston and the company wanted to relocate closer to an Amazon fulfillment center.
The 149 employees affected by these Amazon layoffs were given the chance to work at another Amazon location or take severance. The warehouse move did not affect CreateSpace’s main offices.
“This decision was not made lightly,” said Laura Lynch, a spokesperson for Amazon. “We are honored with the opportunity we’ve been given to work there for 10 years. We care deeply about North Charleston and the people that work there.”
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“About CreateSpace,” CreateSpace, last accessed January 15, 2018.
“Amazon plans to close North Charleston facility, lay off 149 workers,” Charleston Regional Business Journal, November 29, 2016.