CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. Nick J. Rahall and Sen. Jay Rockefeller, both D-W.Va., want a Milton warehouse that employees 100 people to stay open.
Rahall and Rockefeller sent letters to Sam Duncan, CEO of SuperValu Inc., asking him to reconsider the company's decision to close its warehouse in Milton sometime in April.
Rahall asked Duncan to work with state and local officials to look at all alternatives to keep the warehouse operational.
"For the sake of the employees and your customers in West Virginia, I hope that you will at least open a dialogue to those willing to assist you and consider all the alternatives available to keep this facility in operation," Rahall wrote.
Rahall also contacted the West Virginia Development Office and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, as well as other state and local officials who would be willing to meet with SuperValu officials to help the company maintain its distribution center in Milton.
Kellie Shamblin, vice president of Teamsters Local 175, based in South Charleston, said union officials have not yet met with SuperValu officials to discuss the scheduled closing.
Rahall wrote, "The public sector investments we have made to assist the private sector are tailor-made for companies like SuperValu. These resources can help SuperValu continue its commitment to both their local workforce and their loyal West Virginia customers.
"All we are asking for is the opportunity to make our best case by putting our public-private resource assistance to work. I hope the company will reconsider its decision to close its Milton warehouse," Rahall wrote.