Home Depot is set to lay off 315 employees in Maryland.
The layoffs are to begin Nov. 10 at its distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway in Hagerstown. Home Depot is converting the distribution center to handle only large bulk items ordered online, said Stephen Holmes, a spokesman for the company.
The layoffs include 11 salaried workers and 304 hourly workers. The work previously done by those workers will be moved to a facility in Ohio, which Home Depot is in the process of opening, Holmes said.
Though the layoffs are set to begin in November, the company doesn’t know how long it will take to fully convert the Hagerstown facility, though Holmes said it could take anywhere from six to 12 months, or perhaps longer.
“It was an extremely tough decision to sunset the Hagerstown facility, and we had hoped we might keep it open, but this was the most prudent decision in the end,” Holmes said by e-mail.
Affected employees can pursue other positions with the company, including in stores, he said. Those who don’t find other jobs with Home Depot will be given severance.
A spokesman for the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation said the department would provide services as needed to the company.