Transit company closing Concord facility, will lay off 38

First Transit in Concord, 2030 Wilshire Court
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Transportation company First Transit Inc. is closing its Concord facility and will lay off 38 workers there on June 30.

The company didn’t get its contract renewed with Concord and Kannapolis, a First Transit spokesman said. Workers affected include drivers, maintenance workers, service technicians, office employees and supervisory personnel, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice Tuesday from the N.C. Commerce Department.

Under federal law, companies must file WARN notices when they make mass layoffs, close plants and change ownership.

It’s unclear whether workers will get jobs with the new transportation contractor. Bus operators at the facility are represented by a union, SMART Local 1596.

Employees were notified the contract was expiring June 30 in meetings on March 28, First Transit said. The Concord transit facility is at 2030 Wilshire Court.

“It is with regret that we make this difficult decision. We intend to treat those affected by the decision with dignity and respect, and ask for your continued support throughout this difficult time,” First Transit said in the WARN notice.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta