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OfficeMax, Specialty Foods (Nathan's Hot Dogs), and many more announce layoffs

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OfficeMax Inc. and Specialty Foods Group Inc. have announced that the two Illinois businesses are laying off workers, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday. The job lay-offs will involve some 500 workers, revealed documents received by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

OfficeMax Inc. has said that it is reducing its workforce due to a relocation of its headquarters. The employee reduction which will affect hundreds of employees will occur in April. Last November, OfficeMax merged with Office Deport, and in December it was announced that the corporate headquarters will be in Boca Raton. Business conditions, including Gov. Pat Quinn’s and Springfield lawmaker’s business tax rates, are suspected of being the one of the culprits in the firm’s decision for choosing to have its headquarters in Florida rather than in Illinois.

Additionally, 250 workers at Specialty Foods Group Inc., which makes Nathan’s Famous hotdogs and other meat products, will find themselves unemployed by the end of February.

Other job cuts in Illinois include the following companies:

J.C. Penney at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois is to lay off 127 workers as the store closes. The job cuts are to be completed by May 3.

Harmony Health Plan of Illinois also said that 105 persons are losing their jobs by April. Harmony Health Plan of Illinois is a Chicago health maintenance firm. No reasons have been announced for the layoffs.

Oldcastle Building Envelope in Bensenville, Illinois– an architectural window-making business, is closing a facility which will negatively impact 64 workers.

Cardinal Health is laying off 75 more workers on March 8.

Methode Electronics, a developer of custom-engineered and application-specific products and solutions using technologies - based in Chicago, as well as URS Energy and Construction reportedly revised their layoff schedules.

WARN (The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act insists that employers give a 60-day advance notice of mass layoffs or pending plant closings. The WARN law is for any business in Illinois which employs 75 or more full-time workers.

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