CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - An Oregon-based men's and women's apparel company that operates a distribution center in Jefferson County where about 150 people work in full-time and part-time positions has decided to move the facility to northwestern Pennsylvania in May 2008, company and local officials said Thursday.
Employees at the Norm Thompson Outfitters plant in the Burr Industrial Park in Bardane, W.Va., were informed about the move Tuesday, said Sarah Bochynski, director of human resources for the company.
The employees will be offered a financial incentive to move to Irvine, Pa., or they will be offered a severance package if they do not choose to move, Bochynski said.
Irvine is about a six-hour drive from Jefferson County, Bochynski said.
Norm Thompson's move out of the area was mentioned by Jane Peters during a Jefferson County Commission meeting Thursday morning.
Peters, executive director of the Jefferson County Development Authority, said a lot of work went into luring Norm Thompson to Jefferson County, and former Gov. Gaston Caperton was involved in the effort.