Spectra Premium is closing all operations and laying off all of its 63 employees at the Redlands Distribution Center at 2220 Almond Ave.
According to Human Relations Manager Melissa Romero, the company, which specialized in auto parts, had been in Redlands for about four years. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada, Spectra Premium employs about 1,300 people and specializes in auto parts. It operates five manufacturing plants, 16 warehouses and a distribution network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Romero said the June warehouse fire in the 2200 block of West Lugonia Avenue did not affect Spectra Premium. The fire, which destroyed a 600,000-square-foot distribution warehouse, was home to Kuehne + Nagel, a third-party operator that helps Amazon ship extra-large items to customers.
"We were a block away from the fire," she said. "Our closure is not related to that or COVID-19."
Romero said Spectra Premium had been experiencing financial difficulties for several months before the pandemic and has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy. They are closing all operations at the Redlands facility permanently on Friday, Oct. 2.