June 4, 2018

Windsor Locks bookseller warehouse to close; 54 jobs lost

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Crown Industrial Park in Windsor Locks.

A national bookseller is closing its Windsor Locks-based processing center, which will lead to 54 layoffs, according to a state Department of Labor filing.

Yankee Clipper Books, a subsidiary of Washington-based Thrift Books Global LLC, informed the state's labor department Friday it is laying off all 54 employees at 295 Ella Grasso Turnpike in Windsor Locks. The 83,200-square-foot center in the Crown Industrial Park will be closed by July 1, the filing says.

The Windsor Locks operations will soon be moved to their processing center in Baltimore, company officials said.

The closure is due to a change in Thrift Books distribution model, a company official said in the labor department filing, which is required when an employer is undertaking a mass layoff or plant closing.

In a letter to employees, Michael A. Teague, Thrift Books' vice president of operations, said the company is working to become more efficient following the rising cost of transportation and shipping.

Teague also said the company is looking to close some of its smaller locations in favor of fewer, and larger, facilities.

"We understand the difficulty this places on the lives of our employees and will work with them closely to accommodate their needs through this transition," he said.

The affected employees are not currently represented by a collective bargaining representative, the filing says. Labor department officials say its Rapid Response Unit is contacting the used-books reseller to offer workforce assistance that can help employees find new jobs.

The 450,000-square-foot multi-tenant industrial building was fully occupied in fall 2014 when Yankee Clipper Books committed to the space.

The facility, owned by Winchester Partnership of Windsor Locks, also houses global architectural-engineering firm Permasteelisa Group and supply-chain manager Multi-Mode Logistics.

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