SEATTLE ó Eddie Bauer will
shutter a call center near Columbus, Ohio, and eliminate 111 jobs
there in October.
The closure, disclosed last week by the Ohio Department of Jobs and
Family Services, comes a little over a year after the Bellevue,
Wash.-based outdoor retailer was merged with a California surf-wear
company, Pacific Sunwear, as part of a cost-saving move by the
companiesí corporate parent.
But according to workers at the call center, the way those savings
are being achieved - by not only cutting jobs, but outsourcing them
to The Philippines isnít something the original Eddie Bauer would
have supported when he founded the retailer in Seattle nearly a