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Former Amazon delivery contractor shuttering Walker facility

February 20, 2020
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A “final mile” delivery company that lost a contract with Amazon is closing its local operations by April.

Michael Dipiazza, vice president of operations for Mokena, Illinois-based Bear Down Logistics, said in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice filed with the state of Michigan on Feb. 18 that the company will permanently close its facility at 2935 Walkent Drive NW in Walker on April 13.

All 110 employees at the location will lose their jobs, effective on the date of closure, according to the notice.

The move came after online retail giant Amazon cut ties with multiple final-mile carriers nationwide, including Bear Down, when it switched to a new delivery model.

“Prior to launching the delivery service partner program to empower entrepreneurs to build their businesses with Amazon, we contracted with a number of small logistics companies. Some of these companies have not met our bar for safety, performance or working conditions, and we’re in the process of exiting them from the program,” an Amazon spokesperson told the Business Journal on Feb. 19.

“We are planning for there to be zero or very little net job loss in these communities because nearly all impacted employees of these companies will have an opportunity to move into other delivery driver roles with Amazon partners.”

Bear Down also is closing its facilities in Ohio, Virginia, Minnesota and Illinois, which, together with the Walker closure, will affect nearly 400 employees, according to news reports by The Washington Post and Bloomberg News earlier this week.

Bear Down Logistics did not return the Business Journal’s multiple calls for comment.

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