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Lebanon Co. distribution center to close, 70 workers will lose jobs

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Seventy people will lose their job next year when a Crayola distribution center in Fredericksburg closes and operations are consolidated to a larger building in Bethlehem.

Genco, a Pittsburgh-based supply chain company, said they will begin laying off employees on January 18.  Facility Manager John Roberts said the center will officially close its doors on April 30.

"GENCO will be ceasing all operation at the distribution center," said Genco Vice President Dale Dudik in a letter to the state Department of Labor and Industry and Lebanon County Commissioners. "The cessation of operations is expected to be permanent and the entire facility will be closed."

The letter was dated November 15 but Lebanon County Commissioner Robert Phillips said they have know the move was coming for a while. It's part of the company's consolidation to a new 800,000 square foot facility in Bethlehem, Pa.

Bethel Township Supervisor Beveraly Martel is sad to see the distribution center go.

"It's a disappointment that they're pulling out and 70 people are going to lose jobs," she said. "But we understand their reasoning."

Phillips said he hopes it won't be long for the building, which was upgraded in 2006, to have a new owner.

"The fact that it's right on [Rt.] 22, near [Interstates] 78 and 81, and it's been modernized, gives it a leg up on others in terms of competition," he said.

Roberts said all employees were given the option to transfer to the company's new plant in Bethlehem. He said only some employees have opted in.

Roberts said his company is working to place the other employees at other Genco facilities in the  region.

Karissa Shatzer will have more details on this story tonight on Live at 5. You can follow her on Twitter @KarissaShatzer.

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