MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Computer software designed to streamline warehouse management could help save jobs at the General Motors Service Parts Operation Center in Martinsburg, said U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.
The Martinsburg center is part of GM's Northeast/East North Central Parts Distribution Center Consolidation project, GM spokeswoman Kathleen Bommarito said.
While GM has already transferred about 50 workers from Martinsburg to new facilities in other states and plans to transfer another 50 in the next few months, it is considering installing the company's Warehouse Management System into the 2.5 million-square-foot Martinsburg facility, Bommarito said.
The inventory control system has been installed in new facilities in Jacksonville, Fla., Jackson, Miss., and Charlotte, N.C., as well as an already existing 1 million-square-foot parts distribution center in Willow Run, Mich., she said.
Rockefeller is optimistic about what the system's installation could mean for the Martinsburg facility.
"I am hopeful that General Motors has been persuaded to continue and possibly expand their operations in West Virginia," Rockefeller said. "We have heard that positive changes may be in the works."