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About 700 local layoffs expected as companies close, streamline
By Anna Marie Kukec | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 11/13/2009 12:02 AM

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Five companies in the suburbs plan a total of nearly 700 layoffs, about half of what's expected in coming months statewide, according to information posted by the state of Illinois.

One of the biggest layoffs - 290 workers - is expected at Fiserv, 444 Commerce St., Aurora. The customer call center, which assisted online clients, is expected to close early next year.

The workers will receive severance packages and outplacement services, said company spokeswoman Lori Stafford-Thomas.

"While difficult, the decision to close this office was driven by numerous factors including our long-term business needs," said Stafford-Thomas.

Also, Jewel-Osco parent company Supervalu Inc. plans to close a distribution center at 855 Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, and eliminate 111 positions. Those operations will be consolidated at other locations in the Midwest, said company spokeswoman Rebekah Fawcett.

Jewel-Osco has occupied that building since April 1998.

These are among 10 companies statewide that plan to eliminate a total of up to 1,500 jobs due to closures and streamlining measures. Some closures are set for this month, while others could happen by March. Other local companies planning layoffs include:

• Wyndham Suites Hotel, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, is slated to close and lay off 93 workers, according to state documents. Calls to Philadelphia-based GF Management and the local general manager were not returned. Wyndham spokeswoman Evy Apostolatos said the hotel is under new ownership, which is not affiliated with Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. The property is operating under the Wyndham brand name because of a temporary agreement with the receiver, she said. "Unfortunately, we cannot speculate on what the new ownership will decide in respect to branding the property at this juncture," Apostolatos said.

• Bertog Landscape Co., 625 Wheeling Road, Wheeling, is slated to cut 70 seasonal workers. CEO Tracy Bertog said the company employs seasonal workers April through late November each year.

• Relational LLC, 3701 Algonquin Road, Rolling Meadows has laid off 118 workers in October, according to information from the state. The sales financing company did not respond.