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More than 900 workers at EDP Enterprises to be laid off



More than 900 workers for EDP Enterprises in Fort Leonard Wood are getting laid off, according to a letter by EDP addressed to the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development.

EDP Enterprises was told by the state on May 15 that its contract was ending as the food service provider at the base on June 14, according to the notice. The letter indicates 948 workers would be laid off that same day.

“As noted, this will impact all EDP employees working at Fort Leonard Wood, including the office and dining facilities,” the letter from EDP stated. “This is expected to be a permanent closure of the entire EDP operation at Fort Leonard Wood."

Chris Moreland at the Office of Administration says Blackstone Consulting was taking the contract over. Moreland says Blackstone plans on keeping all employees when it takes over in June.

Many of the impacted employees are represented by a union, the National Association of Government Employees Local R14-13.

“We would have liked to provide you with more notice, but as indicated we were just notified on May 15, 2023 of the State's decision to terminate the contract for its convenience, and that the termination would be effective June 14, 2023,” EDP’s letter said. “This notice reflects that the impacted employees will be terminated by EDP, but we understand that food service operations will continue with a new contractor, although we do not know the details surrounding this.”

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