US Foods to Cut Hundreds of Jobs in Maryland

The Severn, Maryland operations would be shifted to other US Foods plants; the company employs about 25,000 people throughout the country. US Foods previously announced plans to close a facility in Florida and cut more than 200 jobs.

US Foods Inc. this week announced plans to shutter a distribution center located south of Baltimore in a move that would eliminate about 350 jobs.

The Severn, Maryland operations would be shifted to other US Foods plants; the company employs about 25,000 people throughout the country. US Foods previously announced plans to close a facility in Florida and cut more than 200 jobs.

A company spokeswoman said the food distributor experienced a capacity surplus in recent years as its business shrank in the Washington, D.C. area, although she characterized the decision as "tentative," according to The Baltimore Sun.

The plant represents the last Maryland remnant of U.S. Foodservice, US Foods' predecessor that was formerly headquartered in the state and was one of the Baltimore area's largest employers.

US Foods' decision came as Maryland, along with other states and the Federal Trade Commission, opposes its proposed acquisition by Sysco Corp.

The announcement also follows the announced closing of a Dieago bottling line in nearby Relay, which will eliminate another 100 jobs in Maryland's food and beverage sector.

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