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Ingram Micro cuts staff at large ITAD site

Ingram Micro’s Fairfield, N.J. location. | Google Streetview

Ingram Micro has eliminated 73 positions at its New Jersey ITAD facility and converted that facility to a cross dock/hub facility, according to a company spokesperson. 

The global electronics distributor, which runs a large ITAD division, reported to New Jersey officials that 73 positions at the Fairfield, N.J. plant were affected by the layoffs, which became effective Sept. 29. 

Lisa Zwick, executive director of corporate communications at Ingram Micro, said the company has converted the facility to a cross dock/hub facility for Ingram Micro’s larger processing center in Plainfield, Ind. 

“These decisions were made as part of a larger optimization plan to provide efficiency and utilization of our processing facilities,” she wrote in an email. “We will continue to serve our customers and partners in the eastern region.”

Zwick declined an interview and did not respond to a follow-up message seeking details on the decision. 

According to the company’s website, the 107,000-square-foot facility provided ITAD processing, remarketing and recycling; on-site HD degaussing and data erasure services; and ITAD logistics services. The location is about 25 miles from Manhattan.

According to commercial real estate company CBRE, Ingram Micro began leasing and moved into the spade in late 2021. The facility replaced a smaller Ingram Micro facility in Pine Brook, N.J. 

Overall, the Ingram Micro Lifecycle business, which provides ITAD and reverse logistics services, has 33 service centers. Last year, those facilities repaired/refurbised 9.9 million units, according to the company’s 2022 environmental, social and governance (ESG) report.

On a weight basis, the company repaired/refurbished 8,571 metric tons of electronics in 2022, up 66% from 2021, and it recycled 13,816 metric tons of e-scrap in 2022, up 21% from the year before. 

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