148 to be laid off in closure of Mount Joy distribution facility

School Speciality, Inc. will be closing their Mount Joy distribution center and laying off 148 employees.

The company notified the Lancaster County Commissioners, Rapho Township, and the state on Tuesday that the distribution center at 1156 Four Star Drive will be permanently closing, at the earliest, on May 13.

Laura Vartanian, vice president of human resources for School Specialty, Inc. said in a letter that the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to “unforeseen business circumstances due to unexpected business conditions and events outside of its control.”

Vartanian wrote that all employees at the facility will be laid off. She said though they will be given less than the required 60 days notice they company will pay all affected employees during the 60-day notice period. 


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