CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — One company is planning on shutting its doors here.
Rockwell Automation is consolidating and moving to Indianapolis. It means more than 200 jobs are on their way out.
The company says they need to combine their branch here with one in Memphis, Tennessee, and moving them all to Indianapolis. They want to be more efficient, and they believe this move will accomplish that.
“Tthe inspiration for the move has really been the change in our business dynamics,” Tristian Kanwar said. Kanwar is a vice president with Rockwell Automation.
The company makes automated machines. The Champaign branch focuses on distribution, and is making the move to better serve global customers.
“The genesis as to why we’re changing our distribution process strategy is to really be able to support our customers long-term,” Kanwar said.
He says they’ll be making the transition over time, likely over the next year or so.
Kanwar says many of the 220 workers who’ll be let go in Champaign will have a chance to apply for a job with the company in Indianapolis.
“We would want as many of them to transition as possible, we’d expect the site in Indianapolis to be around 220 as well.”
Kanwar says the company is trying to set their workers up for success.
“We’re very committed to making sure our employees have the clearest possible transition to the next phase of their careers.”
He told us the company should be fully moved over around April of next year.
Their new site is being managed by K + N, one of the world’s leading logistics companies. They say their new facility will be a state of the art distribution center. It will use automated technology to make their operations more efficient.