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Avon plans to shutter Glenview facility, eliminate 242 jobs
By Anna Marie Kukec | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 1/11/2010 12:06 PM

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New York-based Avon Products Inc. intends to close its distribution center in Glenview by May and sell the building. Layoffs of 242 workers are expected to start in February, a company official said Monday.

The beauty products firm intends to streamline its operations by opening a new state-of-the-art center in Zanesville, Ohio, which will soon house the work done in Glenview as well as another facility in Newark, Del., which closed last August, John Lyons, Avon's acting human resources manager, said today.

Avon has had its warehouse on Golf Road since 1970 and fulfilled orders for Avon representatives from 13 states. Avon owns the building and intends to put it up for sale once all of its operations have been cleaned out, Lyons said.

Workers were told in 2007 that Avon intended to move its distribution and order fulfillment operations to Ohio and gave them the opportunity to apply for jobs in Ohio. But few did, Lyons said.

So, second shift workers likely will be the first to be laid off starting in February and other workers will be let go through May.

Avon intends to keep its manufacturing facility, which makes makeup and personal care products, across the way on Golf Road in Morton Grove.