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Christian Book Distributors cut staff Print Email
Written by Eric Tiansay   
Monday, 23 February 2009 03:00 PM America/New_York

Christian Book Distributors (CBD) has announced that the Peabody, Mass.-based company will cut 37 positions, reducing its staff to 528 employees.

"In this environment, we felt it was critical to put the company in the best position for the long term," CBD President Ray Hendrickson said. "It is very difficult to part with CBD staff members, but we are offering a generous severance package that takes into consideration each employee's length of service.

Although CBD had fared better than most in the industry, "it is important ... to position the company to be as healthy as possible," Hendrickson added. "Eliminating 7% of our current staff, we feel will right size our workforce and position us properly in the current environment."

The catalog arm of, CBD is the largest religious catalog company in the world, sending out more than 60 catalogs to millions of customers each year, company officials said. CBD's customers have access to more than 200,000 books, Bibles, CDs, DVDs, gifts, toys and games.