Company files layoff notice

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, November 11, 2010

Suffolk Cold Storage, seen here, could resume management operations in December.

A Richmond-based company has notified the state it could lay off 108 employees at its Suffolk facility at Christmas.

Richmond Cold Storage took over Suffolk Cold Storage in July 2007. The Suffolk facility is located in Northgate Commerce Park off Nansemond Parkway and serves as a hub for shipments coming through the ports.

The company now is investigating the possibility of transitioning management and operations back to the Suffolk facility, according to a press release sent Thursday.

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“Richmond Cold Storage Company (RCS) and Suffolk Cold Storage Company (SCS) are presently working toward the development of a plan to potentially transition the management and operations of the Suffolk, Virginia warehouse from RCS to SCS,” the release stated. “Both companies are committed to developing an appropriate plan that benefits the employees and customers.”

The layoff notice filed with the Virginia Workforce Network indicated 108 employees could lose their jobs. The notice was filed to comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers laying off workers in certain situations to provide 60 days notice.

Scott Chapman of Richmond Cold Storage would not release any details or answer questions about layoffs other than to refer to the press release.

“There is a plan being developed to potentially switch the management from RCS to SCS,” he said. “We don’t have anything else to add.”

The facility provides refrigeration for perishable products between 35 degrees and -35 degrees Fahrenheit. It has nearly 70,000 square feet of storage space in coolers, freezers and blast freezers.

Kerry Daniels, president of Suffolk Cold Storage, said “both companies are committed to a smooth and seamless transition and we look forward to working with the dedicated employees and growing the business in the future.”