Yellow Corp. will close a pair of terminals in Akron and West Chester, Ohio, and offer transfers to employees as part of its network overhaul, the company announced in Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notices.
The closures will affect all 107 workers at the Holland facility at 3140 Massillon Road in Akron, and all 150 at the YRC Freight terminal at 10074 Princeton Glendale Road in West Chester, the company reported to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
While the company expects to offer transfers to “substantially all” employees, those who do not accept transfers will be laid off on May 28 or within the following two weeks, according to the notices. Employees were notified in 2022, Yellow spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
“The vast majority of our employees will be offered positions in other Yellow facilities, based on seniority,” Nauert said in an email.
Fifty-two “city combination drivers” and 25 road drivers are among those based at the facility in Akron.
The West Chester terminal’s workforce includes 49 “city combination drivers” and 39 road drivers, most of whom will report to a Holland terminal on the same property, Nauert said.
“There’s actually no ‘physical move.’ This is an administrative move,” the spokesperson said. “When complete, we anticipate offering employees the opportunity to continue at this location or somewhere else within Yellow.”
In its One Yellow network transformation into a super-regional carrier, the company is closing and selling more than two dozen smaller, end-of-line terminals and consolidating them into larger, regional terminals and distribution centers.
The company’s goal is to have 290 terminals once the sell-off is completed.