Waynesboro company announces it will lay off large number of employees

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) — A major Waynesboro company will be cutting down on staffing at the start of the new year.

REO Distribution Services and Logistics Company sent out a notice this week that a mass amount of employees will be laid off early next year.

The announcement was sent thanks to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) act, which requires employers to provide advance notification of pending layoffs.

The company says the layoff is due to the loss of a contract with one of their major customers.

The majority of employees located at the facility in Waynesboro will be impacted by this layoff, according to the notice from the company.

Greg Hitchin, the Waynesboro Director of Economic and Tourism, says they're willing to help the company moving forward.

"We're in contact with the owners and trying to work on filling the warehouse space and do whatever we can do to find those folks employment." said Hitchin.

Hitchin says the company is handling helping employers find new jobs in the meantime. The company's operations will continue and there are no plans of it closing.

The layoffs will take place between January 15 and February 15 of 2019.