The Hallmark Cards warehouse in Liberty will be the company’s sole national distribution center after another facility in Enfield, Conn., completes a phased shutdown in June.
The Enfield closing, announced in July 2015, has prompted the hiring of 345 more full-time employees at Hallmark’s distribution center in Liberty.
According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing this week, nearly 552 Enfield jobs are affected there. Only 18 Enfield employees will remain at work for a short while after the warehouse closes.
There now are 1,048 employees at the Liberty center, up from about 700 in 2015, and Hallmark expects to hire about 300 more full-time employees by mid-July.
Only about a half dozen Enfield workers had chosen to transfer to Liberty. The rest are receiving two weeks of severance pay for each year of employment, up to a 52-week maximum.
Hallmark at one time had two warehouses in Enfield and employed about 1,150 there at a 2007 peak.
Meanwhile, the 1.7 million-square-foot Liberty facility, which opened in 1972, survived and grew, largely because of its central U.S. location and shipment advantages.
Along with Hallmark facilities in Leavenworth and Lawrence, the Liberty facility has benefited from Hallmark’s cost-cutting consolidations of operations, particularly in the last three years.