New Penn Motor Express, the Lebanon-based trucking company, announced that the administrative jobs at the company’s headquarters will be consolidated with the YRC Worldwide Field Resource Center in Overland Park, Kansas.
According to a release, the consolidation will only affect administrative personnel at the company’s headquarters, located at 625 S 5th Ave in South Lebanon Township.
All other New Penn Service Centers in Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of the company’s network will be unaffected by this announcement.
A representative from the Teamsters Local 429 said that no union jobs are expected to be affected in the administrative cuts.
While exact figures aren’t available yet, it appears as though approximately 80 employees could be impacted by this news. Some of these employees may be offered the opportunity of working from home or commuting to one of the company’s other nearby facilities (although it’s likely this will be a small number compared to the number of layoffs).
The layoffs at New Penn are expected to occur the second week of September.
“Consolidating the New Penn administrative headquarters functions with existing enterprise teams enables us to leverage best-in-class practices across the YRC Worldwide enterprise,” said Howard Moshier, President of New Penn, in a press release.
“Ultimately, this allows us to focus our resources on services that directly impact New Penn customers while reducing enterprise-wide costs with duplicative administrative roles.”
In a memo to employees dated July 8, Darren D. Hawkins, CEO of parent company YRC Worldwide, indicated that more yet-to-be determined changes are on the horizon for the company.
New Penn was founded in Lebanon by Cloyd F. Erdley and Henry R. Arnold back in 1931.
According to the company’s website, New Penn runs 24 service centers, employs over 1,600 people, and has a fleet consisting of as many as 750 trucks and over 1,500 trailers.
Chris Coyle contributed reporting to this story.
This post was updated to clarify that it’s likely a relatively small number of employees will be offered remote work compared to the number of layoffs.