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Clearwater personnel company faces layoffs

CLEARWATER — Nearly all Clearwater employees of MDT Personnel, a temporary staffing and day labor provider, are losing their jobs after MDT was acquired by another company.

TrueBlue of Tacoma, Wash., which bills itself as "the leading provider of blue-collar staffing," announced that it acquired MDT early this month and is making the cuts.

According to a WARN notice, a state-required notice of mass layoffs, 48 Clearwater MDT Personnel employees in administration, support and waste management will be laid off April 7. The employees work in a blue glass office building on U.S. 19 near Cove Cay Drive.

Nationally, most of the current employees of MDT Personnel will be integrated into TrueBlue and keep their jobs, said Derrek Gafford, executive vice president and chief financial officer of TrueBlue.

However, the Clearwater staffers are doing jobs already performed by TrueBlue employees in Tacoma, he said.

"Folks that are back-office support, like accountants, are losing their jobs," he said. "We won't be transferring those positions to Tacoma."

Those targeted for layoffs were given two months notice and will receive an unspecified severance package, Gafford said.

An MDT Personnel representative declined comment. The Times reached out to known employees but didn't get any response.

At last count, MDT Personnel had 105 branches in 25 states. It supplies blue-collar labor to construction, event staffing, disaster recovery, hospitality and manufacturing industries. Its motto: "We put the 'person' in 'personnel.' "

TrueBlue acquired MDT Personnel to expand its general labor business.

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