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Reo Distribution Services and Logistics Company Layoff Affects Waynesboro

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Reo Logistics sign outside the Waynesboro location. Reo Logistics sign outside the Waynesboro location.
Gregory Hitchin, director of economic development & tourism. Gregory Hitchin, director of economic development & tourism.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (WVIR) -

Several people in Waynesboro may be without a job after this holiday season due to layoffs at Reo Distribution Services and Reo Logistics Company.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice was filed by the company in November due to the loss of a major contract, and restructuring of the company.

The notice states that most of the employees at the Waynesboro facility will be impacted by the layoff.

Reo Logistics says that the company is not going out of business, and operations will continue at the plant.

Since the announcement, the company says it is actively helping employees find jobs, and it held a job fair on Dec. 5 for employees.

"Looking to find another contractor for them, as well as fill up some of their warehouse space that their client used. The community college and the statewide system of Virginia Employment Commission and others will step in because of the WARN notice," says Gregory Hitchin, the director of economic development & tourism for the city of Waynesboro.

The Economic Development Office says WARN notices are generally required when 50 people or more are being laid off, but the exact number of people affected at Reo is currently unknown.

The notices say that the layoff will start in January, and continue until February.

A representative for Reo states that the number of layoffs could change if they find a replacement contract for the Waynesboro location.