VOL. 129 | NO. 246 | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Nearly 500 to Lose Jobs in Shelby County
By Amos Maki
Nearly 500 employees in Shelby County will lose their jobs by next June, including 210 at Cargill Inc. and 84 at Delta Airlines, according to the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Roughly 210 Cargill Inc. employees will be out of work by June 30 as the company prepares to close down its Memphis corn mill on Presidents Island, according to the department’s December WARN list. The corn mill employed a total of about 449 workers.
And 84 Delta employees will be out of a job Feb. 1, according to the WARN list.
In November, Delta said it would eliminate nonstop service to Pittsburgh, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington Reagan National Airport and New Orleans next year, a move that would cost 84 people their jobs.
More job cuts could be on the way from Delta. The airline announced more service reductions late last week, including its nonstop flights to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. In addition to Chicago, Delta will eliminate nonstop flights between Memphis and Indianapolis International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and will switch flights to Orlando International Airport from daily to Saturday only. Delta did not say when those cuts would take place and indicated that the newest cuts are part of an accelerated plan to reduce their 50-seat aircraft.
In addition to the Delta and Cargill layoffs, the December WARN report includes notices of 54 layoffs at medical billing company MED-A.R.M. and 137 layoffs at ResCare Workforce Services.
MED-A.R.M. notified the state it would close its office at 8010 Stage Hills Blvd. on Dec. 1, while ResCare announced it would close its office at 3523 Lamar Ave. on Dec. 3