A New Jersey-based company that once employed more than 500 workers in York County is closing its local operations.

Hanover Direct Inc., a mail-order catalog business, operated a call center in York City and hundreds of jobs in Hanover before several rounds of layoffs decimated the local workforce during the last 10 years.

This month Rapid Response - a state team that assists employees and business owners affected by job loss, closures and natural disasters - will host informational meetings at the Hanover office as the company prepares to close its local doors and lay off its last 35 employees, according to Sara Goulet, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

The meetings are for company members and have been scheduled for March 12 at the Hanover office, 304 Poplar St.

"This company has declined over the past many years, and we've done other Rapid Responses there in the past," said Alan Vandersloot, AFL-CIO community services liaison and director of labor participation for the United Way of York County.

Vandersloot has served on the Rapid Response team since 1990.

"The company has continued to downsize, and these employees - the majority of whom have been there for decades - are the last to go," he said.

Hanover Direct officials did not respond to calls seeking comment about the impending closure or previous layoffs.

A specific closing date has not been filed with the state, Goulet said.


Local operations date back to 1934, when Hanover House Industries Inc. was founded in the county.

When the company closes, 35 workers will lose their jobs. About 30 of those employees have been there for more than 20 years, according to state documents.

The average age of the workers ranges from the late 40s to late 50s, and they held jobs in information technology, finance, credit and maintenance. The pay they earned for those jobs varied from $8.75 an hour to $100,000 a year.

Though the details are still be finalized, severance pay will be given, Vandersloot said. It may be one week of pay per year of service, he said.

Medical benefits will be paid during the length of the severance pay.

The employees do not have pensions paid by the company.

- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.