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Walmart closing distribution center destroyed by fire

The announcement leaves as many as 1,132 people without jobs
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Posted at 6:55 PM, Apr 25, 2022

PLAINFIELD — The Walmart Distribution Center in Plainfield that was the site of a massive fire in March will close for the foreseeable future.

In a notice, Walmart said the entire facility will close because of the extent of damage done to the facility.

With the closure, as many as 1,132 associates who have not accepted alternative positions may be separated from the company by July 15.

The fire, which lasted more than three days, led to the decision from Walmart.

“Unfortunately, the facility will not be functional for the foreseeable future, and associates wanted options for new Walmart positions. They weren’t on their own for this. To make sure associates knew what roles were available to them in the area, we held an internal job fair, with over 40 facilities represented. Over 1,800 associates attended, and over 72% of eligible hourly associates accepted offers to remain with Walmart. We’re having conversations with our salaried leaders to ensure they can continue their careers, too.”

The 1,132 employees that have not accepted new positions are currently and will be paid through the “job search” period. according to Walmart. The notice states, hourly associates have until July 1 to continue employment with the company. Salaried associates have until July 15.

If they do not continue employment, they will be separated from the company. The company also said they believe these separations will be permanent.

This announcement involves only the IND1 facility in Plainfield and not the IND2 facility.

The Town of Plainfield released the following statement Tuesday:

The Town of Plainfield understands that Walmart issued a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice indicating their intent to discontinue operations, following the fire on March 16th, at the Walmart Fulfillment and Distribution Center at 9590 All Points Parkway in Plainfield.

This notice allows employees time to transition between jobs prior to their separation of employment. We are aware that Walmart continues to assist employees and has offered many relocation options, including other Walmart operations in Plainfield.

For those that do not accept relocation options, we continue to encourage them to consider many other distribution operations that have similar roles and openings throughout our major business parks in Plainfield. Job seekers looking for job and career assistance are encouraged to reach out to a WorkOne Office (the local office is at 1610 Reeves Road in the MADE@Plainfield facility) for job and career assistance.

Andrew Klinger, Town of Plainfield Town Manager