50 employees to be laid off from Graebel Van Lines in November

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has been notified 50 people from Wausau will be laid off from GMS Payroll Services, LLC and its affiliate Graebel Van Lines, LLC.

The layoffs will begin on or around Nov. 14.

A spokesperson for Graebel Van Lines released this statement:

As part of Graebel Van Lines’ ongoing focus to evolve our operations, we are taking steps toward giving our branches greater control to run and grow our business. In order to do so, we are evolving our corporate structure to a business development model to better serve and support our organization. With this move, we are making strategic changes within our organization. Among these changes is the reduction of our Wausau-based workforce by approximately 50 employees.
The decision to reduce staff in Wausau is a necessary step in the transformation of our business and work to optimize our operations. With this change, we’ll transition billing and credit responsibilities to our branches, and move business development functions to our Dallas office. We are providing resources for those employees impacted by these changes, including outplacement services, resume workshops and the opportunity to apply to open positions throughout our network.
“The people impacted by our news today have made valuable contributions to Graebel Van Lines throughout their careers,” said Chris Preston, Chief Operating Officer for Graebel Van Lines. “We will work side-by-side with them to offer our support as they transition to new opportunities. Our hope is business leaders in the community give these men and women strong consideration for future opportunities.”

Graebel Van Lines values the company’s rich history in Wausau and will maintain a community presence and local office with 75 employees.

North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board Rapid Response will contact the company to offer Rapid Response services to the business and affected workers.