By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 8, 2019

WILTON, Maine (AP) - Barclays is going to close its call center in Wilton, Maine, eliminating more than 200 jobs.

The governor’s office said Tuesday that Barclays US employed up to 500 employees in Wilton as recently as last summer and that the remaining 227 workers will be laid off on March 31. The Sun Journal reports it’s the town’s largest employer.

Expressing disappointment, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills directed the Maine Department of Labor to send a rapid response team as soon as possible to help affected workers.

Last year, L.L. Bean switched vendors for its branded credit card from Barclays US and Visa to Citi Retail Services and Mastercard.

Barclays said at the time that it had many more products, partners and customers and no changes were planned in Wilton “at this time.”

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