STOLLINGS, W.Va. — Workers at Pepsi Co’s local distribution warehouse report they were recently given notice the facility would be closing next year.
The facility will reportedly close Labor Day 2017.
Around two dozen people work at the local branch of the soda distributor.
The area’s Pepsi distribution will likely be taken over by other distributors throughout the region.
A worker, who wished to remain anonymous, explained no guarantees for other employment within the company were given to workers.
Even if workers at the Stollings location moved to other Pepsi Co. installations, they would reportedly lose all of their seniority and be forced to start again at the bottom of the ladder.
“We were told their hopes were that anybody that wanted a job at these facilities that there would hopefully be something there. There were no guarantees. We know how these union facilities work and you’d be asking guys with 20 or 30 years of experience to fall in line behind other guys and lose their seniority and start at the bottom,” the worker noted.
The worker added the reason given for the closure was the company’s aging building at Stollings would need a high level of investment needed to restore the warehouse.
The worker explained, “I would love for people to know that Pepsi has been part of this community for 50 or 60 years. They have always worked out of this area. They have always donated to everybody around here. It’s part of the community forever and no it’s going to be up and gone.”
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]