Offering no reason, Haralambos Beverage Co., based in City of Industry, announced recently that it will lay off 350 employees, including 53 from its Alta Marketing Co., in Redlands.
According to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) from the Employment Development Department (EDD), Haralambos, a beverage and snack distribution company serving more than 10,000 retail and customer accounts in Southern California, will permanently layoff an additional 295 employees from its City of Industry location.
WARN protects employees, their families and communities by requiring that employees give a 60-day notice to the affected employees, said EDD.
Founded in 1933 by Greek immigrant Thomas Haralambos, the beverage company opened months after the repeal of alcohol prohibition, becoming the first to serve liquor stores in Southern California.
In 1956, after his tour of duty in the U.S. Army, Tom’s son Lambi joined the company and expanded it into beer and non-alcoholic beverages, according to the company’s website. Seeing Lambi’s success, Tom decided to retire and go back to Greece along with his wife.
Today, Haralambos is supervised by Tom and his two sons, Taki and Michi, both graduates of the University of Arizona.
Last June, Haralambos announced partnership with Life On Earth to expand distribution of the full life of Just Chill brand in the region. Haralambos is best known for pioneering consumer trends, servicing both on and off-premises outlets such as Stater Bros., Vons, Ralphs, Walmart, Costco, Target and Albertsons.
According to EDD, the layoffs will take place between Oct. 11 and 25.
On the same list, Schneider National Carriers Inc. in Fontana announced the permanent layoff of 107 employees.
Also, Hardbill Inc., owner of Crest Chevrolet in San Bernardino, announced the permanent closure, impacting the lives of 98 employees.
Meanwhile, in neighboring Riverside the Air Force Village West Inc. announced the permanent layoff of 331 employees.