Greenville-based Hubbell Lighting on Friday confirmed it will shutter its nearly 337,000-square-foot distribution facility in Cowpens by the end of this month.
The closure is expected to impact 55 full-time employees.
Property records showed the building, which sits on 40 acres at 5950 N. Main St. near the headquarters of Mermet USA, was acquired in 2001 by Progress Lighting. In 2002, Progress was acquired by Hubbell Lighting.
“As part of Hubbell’s ongoing efficiency initiatives we are consolidating certain operations across the company,” a spokesman for Hubbell Lighting said. “We will not comment on specific details of this consolidation other than to say we are committed to support our employees during this transition.”
In the company’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN notice, Hubbell Lighting told the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce it informed employees of the closure on June 21.
The company said in the notice the move is a result of its decision to relocate its Southeastern distribution activities to a larger facility in Jefferson, Ga.
Jobs impacted by the announcement include 35 warehouse associates, two warehouse clerks, three cycle counters, one commercial driver, a forklift driver, two picker/packer positions, one parts supervisor, three warehouse supervisors, a distribution center technician, five quality assurance technicians and a service manager.
Johnnie-Lynn Crosby, regional director of business solutions for SC Works Greenville and Upstate, said the agency will host a job fair for employees at the Cowpens facility on Dec. 8. She said she plans for 10 “vendors” to be at the event. Six have already committed.
Crosby said some of the employees will relocate to other Hubbell Lighting facilities.
“While any loss of job due to a facility’s closure is devastating, the silver lining is we have numerous opportunities available to those who are seeking employment,” Crosby said. “We’re going to do everything we can to help them through this difficult time.”
The property is listed for sale by the real estate firm CBRE’s Greenville office for $8.25 million.
For information, contact CBRE broker Trey Pennington at 864-527-6095.