HAGERSTOWN -- A distribution company just outside of Hagerstown with 40 employees is closing.
West Marine Inc., at 19224 Longmeadow Road, will be closed as the company consolidates to a facility in South Carolina, said Rob Ferree, deputy director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission.
The layoffs will come in phases, and the business is expected to be shut down by Dec. 15.
Laurie Fried, spokeswoman for West Marine Inc., said the Hagerstown distribution center is the only one of the company's three centers being closed.
The business, which distributes marine and boating products, has been in Hagerstown since 1986. It was called Boat America Corp. until West Marine Inc. purchased the company's retail, catalog and wholesale divisions in 2003.