IT company closing Butler County office, laying off 61

Configuration technician Max Faeth configures computers at CompuCom Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Fairfield. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
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Configuration technician Max Faeth configures computers at CompuCom Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 in Fairfield. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A company that had projected massive job growth in Butler County plans to lay off dozens of employees and close its operations here.

South Carolina-based information technology company CompuCom Systems said it is letting go of the 61 employees at its local office and depot facility at 5855 Union Centre Blvd. in Fairfield, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN).

The actions are expected to be permanent and the expected date of the first separation is May 15, according to Karen Newby, a human resources business partner. The Fairfield office will shut down June 30, she said.

There are no bumping rights at this location and the affected employees are not represented by any union, Newby said.

CompuCom Systems “remains committed to its local clients near that site,” who will be supported out of the company’s Paulsboro, N.J. office, Newby said.

“These clients originally received support out of Paulsboro before the Fairfield office was established, so we expect it will be seamless to change back,” she told this media outlet Thursday. “We are working closely with our associates and clients based in Ohio and those clients currently supported out of our Ohio office to ensure continual, seamless delivery of services to our clients’ businesses as we go through this transition.”

Newby said she could not comment about what led the company to decide to close the Fairfield location.

Founded in 1987, CompuCom provides managed technology services, IT support services and technology consulting services for midsize and small businesses. It has a presence throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and India and provide configuration and distribution services via facilities in Paulsboro, NJ; Toronto, Canada and Fairfield.

CompuCom opened a Blue Ash location in 2007, but moved to a new Fairfield building with 90 associated in November 2016, a move company officials said was aimed at helping CompuCom provide Lifecycle Management services to customers both regionally and nationally, including procurement, warehousing, configuration, repairs and IT asset disposition.

The company anticipated it would grow to 150 jobs by the end of 2017 and between 300 and 500 jobs within two years.

Fairfield Development Services Director Greg Kathman said CompuCom did not seek or receive any tax incentive agreements when it moved from Blue Ash to its new facility on Union Centre Boulevard.

Last October, CompuCom was purchased by Office Depot for $1 billion as part of that company’s pivot from a traditional office products retailer to a broader business services and technology products platform.

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kert Radel said it is “disappointing” the company will be closing its Fairfield facility.

“The City of Fairfield has had excellent growth in development and redevelopment with strong numbers in recent years,” Radel said. “Even though we had hoped CompuCom would have stayed in Fairfield, I believe there will be companies interested in taking over that space and the Fairfield Chamber would like to be there to help the company grow.”