Shipping giant UPS will close a 110-employee billing center in the Midlands, along with an identical operation in Des Moines, Iowa, the company announced Wednesday.
The billing center, located at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in West Columbia, will take about a year to close, a UPS spokesman said, and the company will seek to place the 110 full-time and part-time workers affected in positions at other UPS operations in the Columbia area.
All the affected employees also will be offered separation packages, the company said.
UPS has 1,725 other employees in the Columbia area, according to Norman Black, UPS spokesman in Atlanta, including a large small packages operation and UPS freight. Those employees will not be affected by the announcement made Wednesday.
The billing center opened in 1996, and workers performed a variety of "back office" functions for UPS customers, such as billing audits and accounting functions.