UPDATE: MAY 14, 2019 RYDER EMPLOYEES TRANSITIONED TO NEW SERVICE PROVIDER IN PLAINFIELD, INDIANA
Ryder Logistics is shutting down its Whirlpool distribution center located in Plainfield, Indiana and laying off 436 employees.
However, the story has a happy ending. According to a Ryder spokesperson, the decision was driven by the “customer’s changing business needs” resulting in the loss of the contract with Ryder. .
"Ryder is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the customer and its new service provider, which will continue operations at the facility," the statement said. "Of the 436 employees at the facility, 435–or all but one employee–have been offered positions with the new service provider or redeployed to another Ryder facility."
Ryder’s logistical operations will be assumed by Neovia Logistics Services LLC.
UPDATE: APRIL 8, 2019 — RYDER SHUTS CALIFORNIA WAREHOUSE OPERATION. BIG PLANS AFOOT?
Miami, Florida-based Ryder System, Inc., the truck rental, leasing, and logistics company has decided to permanently close its distribution center in Moreno Valley, California which will result in the loss of 145 positions. According to a Ryder spokesperson, the closure is attributed to a customer’s changing requirements and the termination of their Ryder’s account.
There was no mention of Ryder’s plans to compete with Amazon and others to offer direct-to-customer e-commerce shipments of goods from large purpose-built multi-client facilities, one such center said to be nearing completion in Perris, California and another located in Fort Worth, Texas. A third center configured from an existing distribution facility in Douglassville, Pennsylvania will round-out the trio of initial facilities.
These full-service facilities represent a significant employment opportunity in their respective areas.
Being part of an integrated supply chain poses its own risks as employees are susceptible to events outside of their industry and outside of their control. Consider the impact of the mass layoff of 700 workers at the Spring Hill, Tennessee General Motors Plan. Ryder Logistics, a subcontractor to General Motors responded with a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notice to the State announcing the “permanent layoff” of 361 employees. This will be the second mass layoff to impact the area.
Contrast that with Ryder’s August 2015 announcement …
“Ryder Supply Chain Solutions plans to create 606 new jobs in Maury County through an expansion of its warehousing, transportation, kitting and assembly operations. The Miami-based commercial fleet management and supply chain company will invest $16.5 million on equipment, information technology, and infrastructure and double to 600,000 square feet the space its warehousing operations occupy on General Motors' Spring Hill campus. Ryder employs 200 people at the logistics operation that supports client manufacturers such as General Motors. Employment would increase to more than 800 over the next five years from the jobs to be added.” <Source>
Time to check if your position dependent on another company or industry doing well.
Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?