Performance Food Closing Distribution Center, Resulting in 170 Layoffs

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Distribution Center Shutting Down in Georgia

Food distribution company Performance Food Group Customized Distribution announced that it is closing down its facility in Austell, Georgia, almost 200 jobs in the process. The distribution center will be permanently shuttered by the end of June.

The Lebanon, Tennessee-based company is an offshoot of the publicly-traded Performance Food Group Co, which is based in Richmond, Virginia.

According to information provided by the Georgia Department of Economic Development in April, Performance Food is laying off 170 employees. As of June 13, 165 employees had already been laid off. Five employees have been retained to help close the facility down.

Joe Vagi, Performance Food’s corporate communications manager, said the company intends to provide severance packages to the laid-off employees, some of whom have accepted positions at other Performance Food locations.

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In a statement, the company said, “The decision to close the facility was made after we chose not to renew business with a customer that made up the vast majority of sales and that was served only by this distribution center.”

While Performance Group did not disclose the name of the customer that it is severing ties with, the company’s client portfolio includes large restaurant chains like Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Outback Steakhouse (owned by Bloomin’ Brands Inc), Ruby Tuesday, Inc., and TGI Fridays Franchisor, LLC. Overall, the company has customers in all 50 U.S. states, as well as in 41 countries.

Forbes ranked Performance Food Group as the 74th best American employer in its 2017 ranking.

Back in May, Performance Food Group announced that third quarter net sales increased 8.3% year-over-year to $4.2 billion. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were up 122% to $0.20. Adjusted diluted EPS advanced 80% to $0.27.

Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2017 were up 5.1%, at $12.3 billion. Year-to-date diluted EPS was up 35%, at $0.54. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 24.6% to $0.76.

Sources:

170 employees laid off as food distribution facility in Cobb closes,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15, 2017.

PFG Customized Distribution,” Performance Food Group Customized Distribution, last accessed June 16, 2017.

America’s Best Employers,” Forbes, last accessed June 16, 2017.

Performance Food Group Company Reports Third-Quarter and First-Nine Months Fiscal 2017 Results,” Performance Food Group, May 10, 2017.

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