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In this June 20, 2014 photo, a United Parcel Service driver steps on to a truck before heading out on deliveries from the company’s sorting facility in Roswell, Ga. UPS has plans to lay off 160 workers from its Richmond Freight unit at 1000 Semmes Ave. within the next 12 months.

UPS has plans to lay off 160 workers from its Richmond-based UPS Freight unit at 1000 Semmes Ave. — just south of the James River, between 10th and 11th streets — within the next 12 months.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that its UPS Freight headquarters will continue to operate in Richmond.

In the statement, the company said it is “streamlining support positions” in order “to address needed cost reductions and operating improvements.

“(A)bout 160 support positions will be impacted as a result of realignment of duties into other UPS locations,” the statement continues. “(Eighty) roles will be transitioned from the business this quarter, with another 80 over the next twelve months.”

The employees were notified Tuesday, the statement adds.

Glenn Zaccara, the company’s director of corporate media relations, said in an email that the location also currently has 45 job openings and that employees affected by the layoffs “are being offered an opportunity to apply for those roles.”

When asked if the employees will be provided with severance packages, Zaccara said UPS is “working with employees to provide them appropriate transition services.”

The news of the layoffs first was reported by NBC12.

kdemeria@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6813

Twitter: @katiedemeria

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