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Food company will eliminate 178 positions after losing Taylor University’s contract



Upland, Indiana – A major Christian liberal arts university in Indiana will cease Parkhurst Dining, LLC’s operations, resulting in the loss of over 200 employees.

Taylor University in Upland will be permanently closed down, and all operations will end there. According to Parkhurst, the university “decided to terminate the company’s contract” with the institution for food and catering services.

“Under normal circumstances, the Company would provide team members with this notice at least 60 days prior to the date of termination. However, this notice was and is being provided to team members as soon as practicable due to unforeseeable business circumstances. Specifically, the University unexpectedly informed the Company it intends to end the contract without the 90 days notice in the agreement. Accordingly, it was not possible to give any greater advance notice of this layoff,” Tony White, Director, Team Member Relations said.

Parkhurst Dining anticipates terminating the contract and laying off 178 employees.
On May 21, the company will stop doing business.
The decision by the university to end its contract with Parkhurst was not made right away, either in terms of timing or factors.

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