Jacobson Warehouse Co. will permanently lay off 137 workers from its East Moline facilities, effective Sept. 30, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, filed through the state of Illinois.
According to its website, Jacobson, founded in 1968 and with headquarters in Des Moines, is one of the largest value-added warehousing and third-party logistics providers in North America, with integrated domestic transportation management capabilities. It manages more than 33 million square feet of warehouse space across 142 sites, with about 5,500 employees.
It is unknown how many are employed at its three East Moline facilities: 3145 5th Ave., 1300 19th St. and 1001 13th St. Company officials did not return telephone calls from the Quad-City Times seeking comment Tuesday.
The WARN Act protects workers, families and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs. It also requires that notice be given to employees' representatives, the local chief elected official and the state's dislocated worker unit.
Advance notice gives workers and their families some transition time to adjust to the prospective loss of employment, to seek and obtain other jobs, and, if necessary, to enter skills training or retraining that will allow those workers to compete successfully in the job market.
The notice was filed July 28.
As of Tuesday afternoon, East Moline City Administrator Cole O'Donnell said he was unaware of the layoffs and declined further comment.