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Wal-Mart To Close Ohio Optical Lab; 650 Jobs Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Lockbourne, Ohio (AP) -- Wal-Mart says it is closing a central Ohio optical lab to reduce costs, eliminating 650 jobs.

The retailer said Friday that work from the facility near Columbus will be done at optical labs in Crawfordsville, Ind., Fayetteville, Ark., and Dallas.

The lab processes eyewear orders for vision centers in Wal-Mart stores.

Wal-Mart says it will continue to operate an optical merchandise distribution center at the Columbus-area location, which is in the village of Lockbourne.

The company says the affected workers will receive paychecks and benefits for the next two months and be eligible for jobs at other Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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