Shifts get slimmer at CVS in Patterson

mrowland@modbee.comAugust 23, 2013 

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Conveyor belts carry items to load into trucks for delivery at Grainger. Grainger, CVS and Kohl's have distribution centers in Patterson.

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— The CVS Distribution Center in Patterson has consolidated its shifts and will make 70 of its workers part time instead of full time.

CVS spokesman Mike DeAngelis said the company announced Friday that the warehouse's second shift has been consolidated into its first. Employees were notified that the change could be effective Sept. 30.

"This consolidation is designed to increase the efficiency of our facility's operations and position the Patterson distribution center for continued success as part of CVS pharmacy's distribution network," DeAngelis said.

The change will result in approximately 70 full-time positions being reduced to part-time positions. DeAngelis said no layoffs were announced.

The company has some 520 employees at its 860,000-square-foot facility in the Keystone Business Park.

CVS has operated the distribution center since it took over the site from Long's Drugs in 2008.

This is the second time in a little over a year CVS has announced staffing changes at the center. In May of 2012, the company laid off more than 100 employees in what DeAngelis called at the time another "efficiency and productivity" decision.

The Rhode Island-based chain has been expanding into California since 2008, when it took over for Long's, building stores in several Northern San Joaquin Valley cities.

The CVS distribution center sits in the same park as an 820,000-square-foot Grainger distribution center, which opened in 2011, and next door to the new 1-million-square-foot Amazon Fulfillment Center slated to open later this year.

Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at mrowland@modbee.com or (209) 578-2284. Follow her on www.twitter.com/turlocknow.

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