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February 12, 2008

Albany - More jobs are leaving Albany. The Bridgestone-Firestone distribution Center on Mitchell Avenue in Albany, will close down by the end of the year.

The company is in the process of transitioning the work done there to a new facility in Jacksonville, Florida.

Beginning in June, approximately 30 people will be given the opportunity to apply for jobs in Jacksonville, or receive severance packages. Company officials say the Jacksonville site will allow more efficient shipments from Latin America and Japan. 

Chris Karbowiak said, "The Albany facility is one of the older facilities in our distribution network and it's very small in terms of the needs that we now have."

Construction on the Jacksonville facility is wrapping up. Work that is performed here will slowly be transitioned to Jacksonville as it is completed. The Albany site should be completely shut down by the end of the year.

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