Ingram Book Co., a nationwide distributor of popular books, is closing its warehouse in Jessup and moving to Petersburg, Va., this spring. About 350 employees, some of whom may be eligible for relocation, are affected by the move.
Sally Dedecker, a spokeswoman for Ingram Distribution Group Inc., the book firm's parent company, said employees were told about the move yesterday. The warehouse and distribution center will be moved to larger quarters in Petersburg, which is just south of Richmond in Dinwiddie County.
Ms. Dedecker said that the company hopes to better penetrate markets in Southern states, with the goal of providing next-day delivery to its customers.
The company will still be able to serve the Northeast through a distribution facility in Avon, Conn., that opened four years ago.
Jim Pierce, vice president of the Jessup operation, declined to comment on the move, which is slated to begin in late April. He referred all inquiries to Ms. Dedecker.
The 350 employees at the center have been offered relocation or severance packages, including insurance benefits, said Ms. Dedecker. The number of employees who might relocate is unknown.
Ms. Dedecker said the decision to move some workers will be based on employee performance. The company is also working with the Private Industry Council, a coalition of government officials and business executives formed to promote employment development, to help workers find other jobs.
Ingram Distribution Group, which is based in La Vergne, Tenn., is among the largest distributors of its kind, sending books, video tapes, compact discs and computer software and hardware to more than 65,000 accounts in the United States, Canada and Europe.
The company will continue two other distribution operations in Maryland -- Ingram Video and Ingram Micro in Jessup, Ms. Dedecker said. The number of employees at those locations was unavailable.
Ingram Book has occupied two adjacent buildings on Slayton Drive in Jessup since 1974.