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Xerox to cut 177 jobs at Webster facility

Xerox Corp. plans to eliminate 157 union jobs and 20 salaried positions at a warehouse facility in Webster, company officials confirmed Thursday.

Employees in salaried positions and members of the industrial work force, represented by Local 14A in Webster, were given advance notice Thursday that Xerox will be closing some supply chain operations and its Webster Spares Distribution Center, Xerox spokesman Bill McKee said.

The transition will xerox-logotake place over the next year. The layoffs are expected to begin in September and are scheduled to be completed by March 2018. Employees will be given 90 days’ notice, McKee said.

Xerox will file Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices with local and state officials at the end of June.

Xerox will consolidate spare parts distribution with Ryder, a third-party company that specializes in distribution, McKee said. The company has worked with Ryder for more than 40 years.

Closing the Webster warehouse—which stores and fulfills orders for spare parts for Xerox equipment—will enable the company to warehouse and ship parts from locations operated by Ryder in Indiana, which places the operation in the center of the country.

In January, Xerox completed the separation of Conduent Inc., creating two publicly traded companies. Conduent is a business process service company with some 600 employees; Xerox comprises the company’s document technology business and employs 3,900 in Rochester.

In April, Conduent announced plans to move 350 call center employees from Webster to the Medley Centre, as well as create an additional 400 jobs. Xerox, meanwhile, has been on a cost-cutting effort under the company’s new CEO Jeff Jacobson, who replaced Ursula Burns last year.

Xerox shares (NYSE: XRX) were $7.03 in Friday morning trading, up slight from Thursday’s close at $6.99.

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