Giant Eagle: Distribution center not staying in Austintown

Giant Eagle is closing its warehouse facility in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As of Thursday, Giant Eagle is still planning to close its Tamarkin Distribution Center in Austintown, putting 200 jobs in jeopardy.

Thursday, the Mahoning County Commissioners said they want Giant Eagle and the Teamsters union to hammer out a new agreement.

The company said it needs to build a new warehouse but can’t afford both what the union wants for pay and benefits along with a new construction project.

Commissioner Anthony Traficanti said he wants to see if the county can do anything to help.

“We as a board of commissioners are going to be reaching out to both the teamsters and the company to try and make sure this doesn’t happen,” Traficanti said. “Or at least step up to the plate and say we don’t want to lose 200 jobs out of our valley.”

Dan Donovan, with Giant Eagle, said the company is not seeking incentives to stay in the community and will be moving to a new location, as part of the following statement:

The 47-year old Tamarkin facility is in need of significant repair and is insufficient to serve the current needs of supplying more than 400 supermarkets and convenience stores.  The Company had proposed building a new facility under a new four-year labor agreement, but now has found another Ohio facility operated by a third party with sufficient freezer space.  For that reason, we are not aware of, nor are we seeking, any incentives from local government that might cause us to remain in the current location.

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