Hallmark to hire 400 employees at Liberty plant; close Connecticut plant

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards says it plans to add about 400 employees in the next year at its distribution plant in Liberty, Missouri, while phasing out a plant in Enfield, Connecticut.

The company said Tuesday the moves will consolidate its warehouse and distribution operations.

“In recent years, we have made significant improvements in distribution and inventory management practices,” says Dave Hall, president of Hallmark North America. “As a result, we can fulfill and ship the required product volume in a timely manner from a single location. Liberty was selected because it is the larger of the two facilities and its central location provides shipment advantages for a vast majority of Hallmark’s retailers and customers.”

About 570 employees in Enfield were told Tuesday their jobs will end during the next few months. The center, which has operated for 62 years, will close by the end of June 2016.

The Liberty warehouse is expected to employ between 1,100 and 1,200 full-time workers by this time next year.