NFI to close Bethel facility, eliminate 124 jobs

NFI Interactive Logistics has informed the state that it’s closing its warehouse at 9141 Old Route 22 in Bethel, cutting 124 jobs.

Founded in 1932 and based in Camden, New Jersey, NFI is one of the oldest and largest privately held and family-owned third-party logistics companies in North America, according to its website.

It serves a variety of industries – such as food and beverage, retail and e-commerce, manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods – by providing supply chain support to businesses of all sizes.

That support includes transportation, distribution, brokerage, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics and real estate solutions. NFI has more than 50,000 square feet of warehousing space across North America.

In NFI’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filing with the state Department of Labor & Industry, it said the Berks County warehouse is closing “because the client that National Distribution Centers LLC and NFI Interactive Logistics LLC (collectively NFI) supports at the facility has reduced certain services under its contract with NFI.”

NFI will officially reduce its workload at the warehouse June 30. The company gave employees more than 60 days’ notice March 27, with the estimated first day of separation being June 30. Terminations are expected to continue through Aug. 11 as activities wind down.

“It is NFI’s intention to attempt to place some employees at other locations with the same or more favorable working conditions,” the WARN letter said. “NFI will be forced to terminate all employees that it cannot place.”

The workers affected are not unionized.

An NFI spokeswoman said the company would not be commenting further on the closure.

Big Lots leases distribution space in Bethel Industrial Center

The Bethel Industrial Center in Bethel. PHOTO/SUBMITTED –

Discount retailer Big Lots is opening a warehouse and distribution facility in the newly built Bethel Industrial Center in Bethel. 

The building was constructed by J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc. in a joint venture with real estate investment management firm, DWS. The two joined to develop a 587,100-square-foot distribution facility directly off Interstate 78.  

Situated on 45 Acres, the LEED Certified facility features 40-foot clear height, 108 dock doors and LED lighting.  

The facility will help Big Lots accommodate its growing demand in the eCommerce space. 

In need of more space, Big Lots looked to Eastern Pennsylvania for a large industrial solution.  

After issuing a proposal on behalf of the tenant, JLL brokers, Mike McCreary, Larry Maister, Ryan Barros and Matt Powers worked with J.G. Petrucci and JLL Broker Jeff Lockard to locate the appropriate site for Big Lots next home and selected this facility to lease.