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3/21/2014 9:18:00 AM
Office Depot in Ottawa to shed 130 jobs

NT Staff

OTTAWA — More than 100 workers will be released from the Office Depot (formerly OfficeMax) call center in Ottawa, according to multiple reports.

The office supply company is ending its customer service operations in Ottawa, putting 130 people out of work in July. Office Depot said the Ottawa location still will have approximately 140 finance support employees.

The company said the customer service work will be consolidated into other locations, including Peru. Employees will be eligible for severance and outplacement services.

“Maybe it’s glass half-full, glass half-empty, because they are retaining 140 jobs here, so that’s a good thing,” said Boyd Palmer, executive director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Naturally, any time you lose employees or an employer, it’s going to hurt.

“It’s a reality of the economic world today: Companies are merging or slimming down. You see it every day.”

Office Depot, headquartered in Florida, recently merged with Office Max.

Thursday’s announcement fulfills worries raised last year when Illinois lost a tug-of-war with Florida in trying to keep the combined company’s headquarters in Naperville. Keeping the company in the Chicago area would have required a capital investment of $150 million.

Additionally, the company wanted from Springfield a never-going-to-happen package of tax breaks worth up to $120 million.

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