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Mar 30, 2012 10:15 AM by AP

Home Depot laying off 225 more in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Home Depot will lay off 225 workers in its customer support and distribution operations in Baton Rouge over the next 18 months.

Company spokesman Stephen Holmes told The Advocate that the layoffs will hit 90 workers at Home Depot's distribution facility for online purchases. Another 135 will face layoffs in sales, purchasing and finance positions for Home Depot subsidiary Your Other Warehouse.

Holmes said the decision to cut the positions was made on geographic and logistical concerns. Atlanta-based Home Depot has most of its support functions in its home city.

Last October, Home Depot announced the layoffs of 400 people at its Baton Rouge call center. Holmes said those layoffs will be completed this summer following the opening of new centers in Atlanta and Ogden, Utah.

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