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Tech distributor cutting 937 Fort Worth jobs amid Chinese buyout

Ingram Micro is cutting 937 jobs at a wireless repair and logistics facility in the Centreport business park in Fort Worth.
Ingram Micro is cutting 937 jobs at a wireless repair and logistics facility in the Centreport business park in Fort Worth. STAR-TELEGRAM/RON JENKINS

Ingram Micro, a California-based technology products distributor that is being bought by a Chinese conglomerate, is slashing more than 900 jobs at a wireless repair and logistics facility in east Fort Worth.

In a WARN letter filed with the Texas Workforce Commission, Ingram Micro said it plans to lay off 937 people, including 762 contract workers with Elwood Staffing and about 175 Ingram Micro Mobility associates.

“We are working with the Texas Rapid Response Unit to provide human resources assistance to affected workers,” the company said in its statement. “We anticipate employing about 350 people after this action is taken. Ingram Micro Mobility has no further comment on this issue.”

The company said workers were informed about the cutbacks last Tuesday, the same day that Ingram Micro shareholders overwhelmingly approved a $6 billion buyout of the company by Tianjin Tianhai Investment, a subsidiary of the Chinese airline and logistics conglomerate HNA Group.

Thomas Henson, a spokesman for Ingram Micro, said the cutbacks are not related to the pending merger. Rather, he said, they resulted from “changes in business activities conducted in this facility,” which caused the company to evaluate the workforce.

According to Bloomberg News, Ingram Micro distributes technology products made by big names such as Acer, Cisco, HP and Microsoft. Last year, the company reported net income of $215 million on revenue of $43 billion.

The Centreport facility, at 4500 Cambridge Road, was formerly operated by Touchstone Wireless. That company was sold in 2010 to Brightspot, which in turn was acquired by Ingram Micro in 2012.

Ingram Micro Mobility, the unit that operates the Fort Worth facility, provides various “device lifecycle services,” including warehousing, software loading, end-user fulfillment and reverse logistics, which includes repair, refurbishment and recycling.

In its WARN letter, Ingram Micro said the cuts will be permanent. It anticipates the layoffs to begin Aug. 19 and occur in phases until about Sept. 30.

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

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