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February 6, 2024

Trucking company to lay off 383 in Manchester; different company may hire them back

Contributed ADUSA Distribution leases part of this sprawling distribution center along the Tolland Turnpike in Manchester.

A trucking and logistics company will discontinue its operation in Manchester and lay off 383 employees, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing, but a different company may hire many back.

Freight Handlers Inc., based in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, said it will close its operation at 1315 Tolland Turnpike on March 31 due to the termination of its contract with ADUSA Distribution LLC.

ADUSA said it has decided to "self-manage the workforce at this distribution center" instead of contracting it out.

ADUSA, a Salisbury, North Carolina-based supply chain company, said it is committed to continuing operations at the Manchester distribution center. It has already posted jobs for drivers, selectors and warehouse associates at the facility.

“ADUSA Distribution is in the process of hiring a workforce for the site and any FHI associate or interested individual is welcome to apply for open roles,” the company said in a statement.

The property is home to a 1.9 million-square-foot distribution center that is owned by Winstanley Enterprises and leased to Amazon, J.C. Penney and ADUSA.

ADUSA is the distribution company of Ahold Delhaize, Stop & Shop’s parent company.

All Freight Handlers employees working at or reporting to the Manchester facility will be terminated unless offered employment by ADUSA, according to the filing. The layoffs include dock unloaders, forklift operators, loaders, clerks, coordinators, managers, receivers, reclamation associates, trainers and supervisors.

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