Performance Food Group has closed its Austell facility, prompting 170 layoffs.
Photo: Cobb County Assessor's Office
Photo: Cobb County Assessor's Office

170 employees laid off as food distribution facility in Cobb closes

A food distribution company is in the process of closing an Austell facility and laying off more than 150 people.

Performance Food Group Customized Distribution will shut down the facility at 7895 Third Flag Parkway by the end of the month, said spokesman Joe Vagi.

The business — based in Lebanon, Tennessee — is an offshoot of the publicly traded Performance Food Group, based in Richmond, Virginia.

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According to data provided by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the company expected to layoff 170.

As of Tuesday, Vagi said, 165 employees had been laid off, mostly last week. Five remain to help close down the facility.

He said the company intends to provide severance packages to the former employees, some of whom have accepted positions at other PFG locations.

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The main company gave the following reason in April when it announced the closing and layoffs: “The decision to close the facility was made after we chose not to renew business with a customer that made up the vast majority of sales and that was served only by this distribution center.”

Vagi said the company was not disclosing the name of that customer.

The company’s website lists some of its customers as Cracker Barrel, Outback Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday, T.G.I. Friday’s and others.

Forbes ranked PFG at No. 74 on its 2017 list of America's Best Employers.

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