J.C. Penney to close Sumner distribution facility; more than 100 employees being laid off

J.C. Penney has announced the closure of its Sumner distribution facility.

The state Department of Labor and Industries reported Thursday that the company had said it would lay off 112 employees effective Jan. 16.

Penney spokesman Joseph Thomas later confirmed the state report.

“As we continue our turnaround, it’s important to analyze every element of our operations,” Thomas wrote in reply to a News Tribune inquiry.

“After a careful review of our supply chain activities, it was determined that our Sumner, Washington, supply chain facility will close on or about February 6, 2015. It’s never easy taking actions that impact our valued associates, but we feel this is a necessary business decision,” he stated.

Eligible associates who leave the company will receive separation benefits, and, Thomas wrote, “if possible, we will assist associates in identifying other job opportunities at nearby J.C. Penney stores.”

Also, all workers will be offered a two-day career training class, he stated.