Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information the Herald & Review received Thursday afternoon.
DECATUR — Macon County economic development leaders said Thursday the public notice of a Decatur warehouse closing was triggered by a change in operators, and that it will remain operational with 168 workers continuing to be employed there.
Jacobson Warehouse Co., Inc., had filed documentation in accordance with the federal WARN Act saying that the facility on North 27th Street would close and that the employees would be laid off this month.
EDC President Ryan McCrady and Nicole Bateman, executive director of the Midwest Inland Port, said the disclosure is required by federal law and doesn't tell the whole story. Jacobson Warehouse was a third-party logistics provider for another local company, they said, and a different third-party business will now assume the same role.
They stressed that new operator would maintain the 168 positions, and that such transitions are common.
McCrady said he was not at liberty to identify the new warehouse operator.
The federal WARN Act requires that workers and communities be notified 60 days in advance about large-scale layoffs and plant closings. Illinois publishes monthly reports online.
Jacobson had said in its filing that layoffs would take place between July 8 and 21. The company described the facility closure as permanent and cited “relocation” as the reason.
A spokesperson for XPO Logistics, the parent company of Jacobson, issued the following statement in response to questions: “The customer has made the decision to move to another location. We’re working to support employees during this transition, which may include a transfer to another site in the area.”
The Decatur facility is at 2455 N. 27th St.