New York City-based book publisher to close upstate warehouse, lay off 286 workers in 2015

Penguin Random House says it plans to lay off nearly 300 workers at its warehouse and distribution center in upstate New York.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin of Binghamton reports ( ) the Manhattan-based global trade book publisher notified the state Department of Labor that 286 employees will be laid off at the company's facility in Kirkwood, near the Pennsylvania border 135 miles northwest of New York City.

The layoffs will begin at the end of January and continue through Sept. 30, when the facility is scheduled to close.

The reason cited for the closing is "consolidation of operations."

Penguin Random House announced earlier this year that it would consolidate U.S. distribution from the current four operations centers into two facilities in Maryland and Indiana in 2015.


Information from: Press & Sun-Bulletin,