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Connecticut’s pain is Liberty’s gain: 400 Hallmark jobs

Hallmark Cards Inc. is closing a distribution center in Connecticut and relocating the jobs to its Liberty, Missouri, facility. - Andrew Grumke | KCBJ

Hallmark Cards Inc. is closing a distribution center in Connecticut and relocating the jobs to its Liberty, Missouri, facility. – Andrew Grumke | KCBJ

Hallmark Cards Inc. is consolidating the operations of its Connecticut distribution center, which will create about 400 full-time jobs in Liberty.

The current Enfield, Conn., facility opened in 1980 and employs 570. Hallmark will close the distribution center by the end of June 2016 and transition its operations in phases to the Liberty distribution center.

“In recent years, we have made significant improvements in distribution and inventory management practices,” Dave Hall, president of Hallmark North America, said in a release. “As a result, we can fulfill and ship the required product volume in a timely manner from a single location. Liberty was selected because it is the larger of the two facilities and its central location provides shipment advantages for a vast majority of Hallmark’s retailers and customers.”

[Kansas City Business Journal]