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CenterPoint Distribution Center To Close; 57 To Lose Jobs

February 19, 2019 GMT

JENKINS TWP.— Hardware and building materials distributor Emery-Waterhouse will close its warehouse in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park and 57 people will lose their jobs, according to a WARN notice filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

The first step of downsizing will begin on April 12 and all terminations are expected to be complete by May 31, according to the notice.

“This closure will result in the elimination of all warehouse positions and is expected to be permanent,” Kathy Nason, director of human resources for Emery-Waterhouse, wrote in a letter to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.


Nason could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Portland, Maine-based Emery-Waterhouse previously announced plans to close warehouses and eliminate jobs this year as part of a company restructuring by parent company Ace Hardware. 

Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services owns the building on Centerpoint Boulevard and leases part of it to Emery-Warehouse.

“We recently heard the bad news about the company’s closure and have just begun marketing the space in hopes of finding a new tenant,” said Jim Cummings, spokesman for Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services. 

The company launched its Emery Building Materials division with operations in Pennsylvania in 2008.

Founded in 1842, Emery-Waterhouse has served hardware dealers, lumberyards and homes centers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Its products range from hardware, tools and paint to lawn and garden supplies.