Liz Claiborne Inc. plans to close and sell its West Chester, Ohio, distribution center in the second half of 2012, paying about $17.6 million over eight to 12 years to cover pension liability tied to the facility’s union, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.


Claiborne and the Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board of Workers United reached an agreement last week to orderly lay off workers at the facility next year. The firm is looking for “alternative distribution solutions.”


About 469 members of the union worked at the distribution center, according to Claiborne’s most-recent annual report. Claiborne said the pension “withdrawal liability” payments would not have a material impact on its cash flow or liquidity.

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