- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Some 240 people in Aberdeen are faced with looking for new jobs after the Wyndham Hotel Group announced it will close its longtime office in the northeast South Dakota city.

The company has had a presence in Aberdeen for more than 40 years, and Wyndham’s Super 8 chain was founded in the city, the Aberdeen American News reported (https://bit.ly/1iisrXS ).

Employees in the Aberdeen call center operation, which is being consolidated into a company-owned facility in Indianapolis, help customers with hotel reservations. Workers were told of the pending closure on Wednesday.

“This is a decision we gave a lot of thought to,” said Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO. “It was not taken lightly. This is a decision that will allow a significant population in Aberdeen to work remotely.”

Amanda Lindgren, who resolves customer complaints, said her fellow workers are like family. She was returning from a day off fishing with her husband on Wednesday when messages started pouring into her phone.

“From the time I got up, I had a weird feeling something was up,” she said.

The first Super 8 Motel, a 60-room property, opened in Aberdeen in 1974 with a daily rate of $8.88. The chain was bought in 1993 by Hospitality Franchise System Inc., which merged with CUC International under the new name of Cendant Corp. in 1997. Cendant acquired Wyndham in 2005.

The state Department of Labor and Regulation office is assisting the displaced workers with placements and training. Aberdeen has more than 1,100 job openings, and more than 200 positions are office jobs, according to department data.

The announcement marked the city’s biggest job loss since the shuttered Northern Beef Packers plant laid off 260 employees in July 2013, one week after filing for bankruptcy. The plant had previously laid off 108 people in April of that year, citing a lag in work.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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