Residents of LaVergne who work at the Tennessee Distribution Center are being laid off in July. Over 300 employees will be back in the job market soon after Borders reviewed its supply chain.
In its heyday, the distribution center had an annual revenue of more than $500 million according to a web search. With the rapidly growing popularity of e-books like Kindle and iPad, the publishing industry is beginning to feel the same viability crunch that newspapers have experienced during the past five years as readership has dropped in favor of online news sources.
Although the news was bad, Mayor Mosley expressed concern about the displaced workers according to the DNJ.
“The recession is still hitting us hard. We were hoping the new year would bring us better news,” Mosley said. “I never want to see anyone, especially my citizens of La Vergne, I don’t want to see them in pain.”
While Borders is working with the Tennessee Department of Labor’s workforce development unit to help employees, LaVergne must address what to do with the empty warehouse space coming to the city. Please come to LaVergne, Ikea!!