Lash Group Rockville offices on Key West Avenue Credit: Google Maps Streetview

Lash Group is closing its Rockville office and has notified the state about 250 employees could be laid off.

The health consulting and patient support services company notified the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation on Friday that it would be closing its office on Key West Avenue and about 250 jobs were expected to be cut.

The company is a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania-based drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen, which acquired Lash in 1998.

The Washington Business Journal first reported about the office closure.

Lauren Esposito, a spokeswoman for AmerisourceBergen, said in a statement emailed to Bethesda Beat that the company made the decision to close the Rockville office “as part of an ongoing effort to evaluate and align company capabilities to meet customer needs.” She wrote the office would close in August.

“These decisions are not made lightly, but are implemented to strengthen the company’s long-term prospects for continued growth,” Esposito wrote.

About 300 employees work at Lash Group’s Rockville office and some will be relocated to a different Lash Group office or will be offered the ability to work remotely, according to Esposito.

“At this time it is too early to provide specific associate impact,” Esposito wrote. “The contribution of our Rockville associates is greatly appreciated, and any impacted associates will be offered severance benefits, as well as career support services.”

Lash Group previously relocated from its headquarters in Charlotte to a new building in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in 2016, according to The Charlotte Observer. At the time, the company said it planned to double its 1,200-person work force in Fort Mill by 2020, according to the paper.

In addition to its offices in Rockville, Charlotte and Fort Mill, Lash Group also has offices in Frisco, Texas; Monroeville, Pennsylvania; and Brooks, Kentucky.