The company said that the consolidation, which will close the Milton facility, will be completed by the end of April.
"As a result of excess capacity within the over 771,000-square-foot New Stanton/Pittsburgh facility, SuperValu is able to effectively consolidate these two operations and better position the company for future growth of its distribution business in the region.
"The decision will not impact any Supervalu independent retail customers, and the company remains fully committed to continue serving its affiliated independent retailers throughout the region moving forward," the company's announcement stated.
The company added that the closure will impact "approximately 90 employees. SuperValu will work with the impacted employees and their union representatives to discuss the details of a consolidation and ensure a smooth transition."
On Saturday, Teamsters Local 175 began circulating a petition asking SuperValu "to immediately reconsider its decision .... The company says the Milton warehouse is still profitable and its stock is up 80 percent. Then why are they moving good-paying jobs with benefits out of state and exposing groceries and produce to longer travel times?"
Local 175 will circulate a second petition that can be signed by local owners of Save-A-Lot stores asking SuperValue to reconsider its decision.
A similar situation developed in early 1999, when Rite Aid announced it was closing its warehouse in Poca, which provided about 500 jobs to warehouse workers and truck drivers.
Rite Aid announced it would move those jobs to its operations in Perryman, Md., in June 2000, when the Teamsters contract with Rite Aid in Poca expired.
After 10 months of discussions and negotiations, Local 175 members approved a new contract with Rite Aid, which included compromises by both sides, by an overwhelming margin on Feb. 27, 2000.
Efforts to save those jobs in Poca were supported by a wide range of political leaders, including Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., then Rep. Bob Wise, D-W.Va., and then Republican Gov. Cecil Underwood.
Reach Paul J. Nyden at pjny...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5164.