By Kyle Olson
As other regions talk of possible school layoffs (California, New York, Wisconsin, and more), Florida has already cut nearly 12,000 full-time jobs--most of them being teacher aides, janitors, clerks, technicians and bus drivers.
But even with all of those cuts, there still may be more. The schools have to make up for state and federal funding cuts. Teachers and families worry about declining quality as some schools are already feeling the loss of teachers aides and "behind the scenes" workers.
Earlier this summer, CDI Marine Company submitted a filing to report the company's plan to lay off 167 workers at its office in Portsmouth, VA starting June 25. A filing such as this is required under the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN law, which oversees notices of job reductions and plant closings.
CDI Marine provides ship design, construction and repair services mostly for the Navy, but also for some commercial customers. Additionally, it produces computer-aided design, construction drawings, technical manuals, and ship surveys for work done in shipyards.
The Baltimore Sun laid off as many as 60 workers on April 28. The shocking layoffs reportedly included top editorial page editors, three bureau chiefs, columnists, photographers, newsroom workers, copy editors, production staffers, two sports reporters and designers. The Sun is owned by debt-laden and bankrupt Tribune Co., and would not confirm the exact number of layoffs, although it is estimated that 21 managers were cut on Tuesday and 37 other employees were laid off Wednesday.
On Monday, April 20, Robert Bosch announced that it will be laying off 225 workers at one of its plants in South Carolina plants. The automotive parts manufacturer is making the cuts in North Charleston due to a slow down in orders from vehicle makers. Becky MacDonald, company spokeswoman, said the latest cutbacks will leave the plant with about 1,650 workers by the end of April.
TOUSA, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida will lay off 200 of its remaining 700 employees. These layoffs will take place now through May, according to the South Florida Business Journal. Arbitron Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland will lay off 10 percent of its workforce and trim expenses under new management. One hundred ten full time jobs will be eliminated, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, the largest school system in North Carolina, will cut 534 jobs and prepare for more layoffs if necessary. None of the current layoffs are teachers. The Associated Press reported most of the jobs will be eliminated at the end of the school year.
Hanesbrands will close five of its North Carolina textile plants by the end of 2009, according to a report by the Triangle Business Journal. The company will immediately stop production at a knit-fabric plant in Forest City and lay off 470 workers. Hanesbrands is also immediately closing a yarn plant in Gastonia and laying off 140 workers there.
A Hanesbrands warehouse in Rockingham with 15 employees is expected to close by the end of November. Additionally, the company will also close down a yarn plant in Eden by the end of the year and lay off 120 more workers. In 2009, Hanesbrands will close its knit-fabric textile plant in Eden, resulting in 600 more layoffs. The job cuts are part of Hanesbrands' worldwide strategy to trim costs. By the end of 2009, 8,100 employees worldwide are expected to lose their jobs with the company. Hanesbrands has said that it will offer severance packages and career transition assistance to the workers who will be let go.
BankUnited Financial Corporation has announced plans to lay off 160 workers, or 12 percent of its workforce. Most of the laid-off workers are employed in the bank's residential lending division. The Miami Herald reported that the company also said that it has reached an agreement with the Office of Thrift Supervision on a plan to boost its capital. Ramiro Ortiz, the president of BankUnited, said that with the sad state of the U.S. housing market, the job cuts were necessary. Of the layoffs, 115 will be in South Florida with the others being on Florida's west coast and outside the state.
HSBC North America Holdings Inc. will be closing a call center in Towson, Maryland and laying off about 460 workers. Employees were notified on June 9th that the center would be closing in order to consolidate staff and other services. Approximately 300 credit collection workers and 160 additional employees will be laid off on August 9. HSBC employees were notified of benefits, severance packages and other employment opportunities within the company, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.
The Coca-Cola Company plans to outsource 150 white-collar jobs to Guatemala, India and Poland in order to reduce its workforce at its accounting center in Brandon, Florida. The company plans to hire a multinational outplacement firm in order to cut millions of dollars in costs, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Ocean Bank in Miami, a subsidiary of Ocean Bankshares Inc., has laid off 104 workers in an attempt to restore profitability after suffering losses on increasing amounts of bad loans, according to Global Banking News. The bank had focused on real-estate loans and as a result has been hit hard by the housing market and foreclosure crisis. The layoffs have been across all departments at Ocean Bank.
Furniture Brands International Inc. will close its Henredon and Drexel Heritage plant in High Point, North Carolina, resulting in the layoff of 300 workers, according to a report by the News & Record. Many furniture manufacturers formerly located in High Point are leaving the area and shifting production offshore. The company will give workers severance packages and attempt to help them find new jobs. High Point, North Carolina was largely built on the furniture manufacturing industry.
HSBC Holdings PLC has plans to close credit card service centers in Jacksonville, Florida and White Marsh, Maryland by the end of August, according to a report by American Banker. Approximately 700 workers have been notified that they will lose their jobs, but will have the opportunity to apply for other open positions within the company. HSBC will continue to operate 12 credit card service centers in the United States to handle customer service, collections and other support functions for the company.
Circuit City Stores Inc. will eliminate 123 jobs, many of those in Georgia, as the company ends a pilot program in which employees did installations on behalf of cable companies. The pilot program will cease because it did not meet expected revenues and growth, according to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The employees who will be laid off will be paid for 60 days.
ACCENT Marketing Services LLC has announced plans to close a call center in Winter Haven, Florida and lay off all 180 employees at the facility. The call center handles the customer service calls for a pay-as-you-go wireless company and those calls will be rerouted to other existing ACCENT call centers. ACCENT will keep the facility open for remote employees of other branches, according to a report by the Orlando Sentinel.
Hickory Hill Furniture will lay off 164 workers in Valdese, North Carolina as it closes its plant there. The Charlotte Observer reported that the plant could close as soon as July. Hickory Hill's parent company, Norwalk Furniture of Ohio, will be consolidating the work done at its plants. The Valdese plant produces Jaclyn Smith Home and Hickory Hill furniture brands. The company will pay the laid off employees for unused vacation time and they will also be eligible for retraining and extended unemployment benefits.
Bankrupt call-center PRC Operator plans to close its Margate, Florida call center and lay off 424 workers because the company has more room for employees at its other call centers in South Florida according to a report by the Miami Herald. PRC has offered 150 of the laid off workers jobs at its Sunrise, Florida facility. The layoffs at the Margate call center will be completed by the end of June. PRC and three affiliates entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January with assets of $354 million and $261 million in liabilities.
For the first quarter of 2008, Wachovia Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina recorded a net loss of $350 million and as a result will lay off 500 workers. The bank blames the collapse of the housing market and a decrease in consumer spending for its disappointing performance.
Freightliner has announced that it will lay off 1,500 workers at its truck plant in Cleveland, North Carolina in early June. The job cuts are a result of the slow economy and natural fluctuations in the heavy-duty truck manufacturing business. The company has had a drop in demand for new trucks because of new diesel emissions standards that caused an increase in prices, according to The News & Observer.
Mohawk Industries Inc. will shut down a manufacturing plant in Dahlonega, Georgia in June and lay off 366 workers. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that the flooring products company has been affected by the housing market collapse and rising costs.
North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has announced that it will lay off 405 workers by June 1. The hospital was recently bought by Holy Cross Hospital and will be closed within 90 days. North Ridge has been open since the 1970s and has had a consistently low occupancy rate. It reported a net loss of $37.6 million for 2006, according to the South Florida Business Journal.
Dillard's Inc. will close its store at Chesterfield Towne Center in Richmond, Virginia on May 14 and lay off 116 workers. The company has four other stores in the Richmond area. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the store is being closed due to under-performance. The sales associates, managers and housekeeping personnel who will be laid off will not be offered severance packages.
Motorola Inc. has announced plans to separate its handset unit from its other businesses and as a result will be laying off at least 350 people in Plantation, Florida. The plant in Plantation houses engineering, sales and marketing functions for the company's handset unit according to the Miami Herald.
Sea Ray Boats Inc. has announced that it will cut 400 jobs at its plant in Merritt Island, Florida. The Orlando Business Journal reports that in February the company has said it would lay off 350 workers due to a slow economy and decreased demand for boats, but has now upped that number by 50. The layoffs will reportedly happen between May and July. The company has said that it will be able to shift some of the employees to other plants.
Atlanta-based Cox CustomMedia Inc. will lay off approximately 90 people in Greenville, South Carolina. The company has notified the state Commerce Department that it plans to close its operation in Greenville. The first round of layoffs will begin on April 30. The Greenville News reports that the company produces newsletters for apartment complexes, retail chains and assisted-living communities and other printed marketing materials.
Vaughan Furniture Company Inc. of Galax, Virginia has announced that it will close its last plant in the United States. The domestic manufacturer has struggled against low-cost Chinese imports. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the company would lay off 275 workers as it transitions from a manufacturer into a product marketer and importer. The layoffs will begin on May 20 and will affect plant and corporate employees. The company will maintain its headquarters in Galax, but only with 35 employees still on staff.
General Motors Corporation has laid off about 220 workers at its plant in White Marsh, Maryland. Before the layoffs, GM had a total of 440 workers at the plant, which included 375 hourly workers. The White Marsh plant produces the Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. According to a report by Auto Business News, the company said the layoffs were due to a strike at Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Incorporated, a company that supplies parts to GM.
Smithfield Foods Inc., the country's largest producer of pork, has announced that it will close its unionized plant in Kinston, North Carolina and eliminate 476 jobs. Smithfield said that they based their decision on the opinion of a team of engineers who determined that if would be too costly to upgrade the 1948 factory with modern equipment. The News & Observer reports that the company plans to offer the workers who are laid off positions at other Smithfield Foods facilities which are non-unionized if they wish to relocate. The Kinston plant will remain open until May 9. Smithfield remains one of North Carolina's largest private employers.
Greyhound Lines Inc. has announced that it will close its Travel Services division in Opa-locka, Florida by August 1 and lay off 117 workers. The Miami-Dade County Travel Services division provides shuttles for cruise customers between the main dock, airport and hotels according to The South Florida Business Journal.
Tyson Foods Inc. will close a plant in North Carolina and lay off over 400 workers as the company shifts its focus from refrigerated foods to ready-to-eat products. The company has seen a decline in popularity of its refrigerated oven-roasted chicken line and an increase in demand for ready-to-eat products such as rotisserie chicken at retail delis. The Associated Press Financial Wire reports that Tyson plans to exit the refrigerated foods business and close its plant in Wilkesboro, North Carolina by April 1.
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation, owner of Bosch Tools, has announced that the company will close its manufacturing plant in Charlotte, North Carolina and lay off 230 workers. The Charlotte Observer reports that Bosch Tools is #3 on the county's top 10 employer list.
Lillian Vernon Corporation of Virginia Beach, Virginia had laid off 185 workers and is looking for a buyer for the company according to a report by The Associated Press State & Local Wire. The company has been plagued by financial difficulties and cannot afford to provide its employees with any severance packages. Lillian Vernon is having trouble raising enough cash to stay open due to slow holiday sales and increasing paper and shipping costs.
Due to water restrictions imposed by the City Council in Raleigh, North Carolina because of severe drought conditions, landscapers and plant retailers in the city are suffering and workers are being laid off. The News & Observer reports that Four Seasons Landscaping and Maintenance has laid off most of the company's 20 employees, keeping only two workers to maintain equipment.
The State newspaper in South Carolina reports that the former Lamson & Sessions electrical parts warehouse located near Blythewood, South Carolina will close by May and 87 workers will be laid off. The company plans to route the shipments of electrical parts through a larger, central warehouse in Mississippi owned by Thomas & Betts.
According to The News & Observer, United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) will be closing its office in Raleigh, North Carolina by March 31 and will be laying off 60 workers in order to consolidate the package-delivery company's operating districts. The UPS district office in Raleigh had employed 160 people in administrative management jobs. No UPS delivery drivers will be laid off during this transition. UPS is facing pressure from competition from FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service and is working towards streamlining operations and cutting costs in order to stay in the shipping business. It has been widely reported that FedEx is in discussions to buy the DHL shipping business, so UPS must step up in order to remain competitive.
Anne Arundel County Board of Education will be laying off 50 people who hold non-teaching positions in the Anne Arundel County school district in Maryland, according to The Baltimore Sun. The school district is facing severe funding cuts from the county government. In addition to laying off the workers, it will cut back on the use of substitute teachers. The school district estimates that it will be able to save approximately $2.7 million by June 30, and this will help the district build up its reserves that were nearly depleted after budget cuts last year and cover costs for the remainder of this school year.
Window film manufacturer Film Technologies International has shut down operations in St. Petersburg, Florida and laid off 109 workers. The company was founded in 1975 and had produced solar, safety and security window films.
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina has decided to contract with an outside company for information-technology services, and that decision will lead to significant layoffs at the company. Reynolds has contracted with EDS in Plano, Texas to manage its information-technology infrastructure services, starting in August. About 100 employees who work in Reynolds information-technology infrastructure group will be laid off in August.
Airport Parking Associates has filed a notice with the state of Florida indicating its plans to lay off 104 workers at the Miami International Airport by the end of the year. Airport Parking Associates has not given a reason for the layoffs. The company operates many parking lots in South Florida, including those at Bayside and at various hotels, banks and offices.
Delta Air Lines Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia is planning to cut some jobs and have a hiring freeze because of rising oil costs and declining U.S. demand. The airline's President said that some positions will be eliminated through "realigning administrative functions." Delta emerged from bankruptcy protection on April 25. The airline will be parking aircraft, reducing its marketing budget and cutting capacity by as much as 5 percent next year.
Levitt and Sons has notified the state of Florida that it will lay off 158 construction employees in Fort Lauderdale. The subsidiary of Fort Lauderdale-based home builder Levitt Corporation ordered a temporary halt to all work earlier this month while it tries to renegotiate its massive debt. The parent company said Levitt and Sons has received default notices on certain loan facilities and does not have the funds to cure any possible defaults.
Coast Financial Holdings Inc. of Bradenton, Florida has announced that 40 to 50 employees at Coast Bank of Florida will lose their jobs. The layoffs represent 20 percent to 25 percent of Coast's 200 employees. The bank's parent, Coast Financial Holdings Inc., is being forced to sell after its financial condition was damaged by a failed residential lending spree. The employees being laid off work primarily in back-office functions such as accounting, compliance, human resources, marketing and loan and deposit operations.
Aurora Loan Services LLC, the mortgage-lending subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., has laid off 160 employees in Gaithersburg, Maryland as the parent company moves to scale back its home-loan business in response to turmoil in the industry and in the secondary market where investors trade mortgage debt. The layoffs were disclosed in a notice filed with the state Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department. Aurora originates both prime and subprime mortgages. The company closed a regional operating center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Lehman Brothers, the nation's fourth-largest investment bank, said last month that it planned to restructure its mortgage business, and will lay off about 850 people globally. Under the reorganization, Aurora will continue to operate under the name Lehman Mortgage Capital along with subsidiaries in Japan and Europe.
Mohawk Industries, a flooring supplier, is shutting its plants in Dalton and Calhoun, Georgia. The closing is expected to take place within two months and will impact between 175-200 employees. Company spokesperson said sales for woven throw, decorative pillow and woven bedspreads have slowed down as new residential construction declines thus impacting decorating goods demand. Mohawk is the largest flooring manufacturer and will continue to operate its flooring and other products divisions.
Allen Systems Group which recently bought software maker Mobius filed a notice with the state indicating it will close the business and lay off 184 employees. The Mobius layoffs will take place this month and the business will close on August 27. The Naples, Florida company will continue to operate as Mobius under the Allen Systems Group.
About 260 employees at Unifi Inc. in Kinston, North Carolina are slated to lose their jobs when the company closes its facility there. The shutdown and transition is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. Unifi is one of the world's largest producers of nylon and polyester yarn. The company has been losing money and made the decision to move the plants' operations to Yadkinville. Laid off salaried employees will receive severance based on the number of years they worked at the plant.
Subprime mortgage lender First NLC Financial Services LLC is in the process of being sold. The company laid off about half its workforce in response to the slowing housing market. The mass layoff impacting 1,350 employees at its Boca Raton, Florida headquarters will be completed by September 30.
Syniverse Holdings Inc. recently announced the layoff of 56 employees as part of a restructuring plan. Syniverse provides technology services for wireless telecommunications companies. The company said that the plan affects the technology department and support groups, and the layoffs will occur throughout the remainder of 2007.
General Electric Lighting Systems recently announced the layoff of about 200 employees as part of the company's plan to transfer some its operations to outside suppliers. An additional 85 temporary employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company expressed its plans to outsource its die cast production, ballast components, sheet metal and part of the assembly operation to suppliers "who can more cost-efficiently manufacture and assemble the parts." In other words, the company is trying to improve its ability to compete in the highly-competitive, global fixture industry through outsourcing its labor.
The American Home Mortgage Investment Corp. recently announced the mass layoff of 90 percent of its workforce causing many Maryland employees to start looking for new jobs. The company had more than 7,000 employees a month ago, now they have only 750. The layoffs are directly associated with the deterioration of the secondary mortgage market.
The city of Boca Raton recently announced the layoff of more than 140 full and part-time employees as the municipality struggles to deal with massive tax cuts enacted by state lawmakers. The layoff will offset a $5 million shortfall in city property taxes after the state mandated a cap on the amount local governments can collect from property taxes. The recreation department saw the biggest loss, losing more than 30 positions. The city did not cut any on-the-street police officers or firefighters, but did cut a handful of support positions between the two departments.
First NLC recently announced the mass layoff of 640 workers, or about half its employees. The Boca Raton, Florida based company has enacted the layoffs after Sun Capital Partners recently agreed to buy a majority stake in the company for $60 million. The sellout was made to compensate for a floundering sub-prime industry market within the company.
Hillsborough County recently announced the layoff of more than 100 full-time employees in response to state-mandated spending cutbacks and slowed housing construction. Some employees may have the option of moving to a vacant job or "bumping" someone in a similar position with less seniority or past disciplinary problems, or accepting a demotion. Additionally, more than 200 part-time employees will receive layoff letters on account of the dramatic drop in home construction.
Karastan, a carpet and rug-maker, recently announced the layoff of 47 workers at its rug making division on account of the slumping housing market and a reduced demand for home furnishings. The Karastan plant will continue to employ about 550 workers and will continue to make commercial and residential carpeting, according to the company's director of manufacturing. Karastan will lower its production of rugs.
The civil rights group NAACP will lay off nearly 50 employees and close seven regional offices to cover budget shortfalls from the last three years. CEO Dennis Hayes says the budget deficit came about when the former CEO left at a time when revenues were falling. The cost of gas and cost of living were also cited as affecting the decrease in donations to the organization. The headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland will now provide all services.
Fifth Third Bank has recently announced the layoff of 70 jobs as a result of its buyout of R-G Crown Bank. The layoff is targeting workers in finance, administration, marketing and information technology departments. It is the second work-force reduction in two weeks for R-G Crown as result of Fifth Third's effort to shore up on loose redundancies created by the merger.
Manufacturing and packaging operations will cease at the Leiner Health Products Fort Mill plant by the end of September. A mass layoff of 500 employees is planned as the company moves operations to its Wilson, North Carolina and Garden Grove/Carson, California plants. Management expects the transition will cut costs by $30 million in 2008-2009. The company began manufacturing vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements in 1973 and is now the second biggest supplier of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.
A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicated production was halted shortly after the company received a list of observations from Food and Drug Administration inspectors.
Bayliner and Maxum cruiser boat-maker Brunswick Corporation is planning to close its Salisbury, Maryland plant. The company plans to shift production to a brand new plant near Wilmington, North Carolina in 2008. The facility closing will effectively eliminate 180 production and support positions in Salisbury.
PNC Financial Services Group recently announced the mass layoff of nearly 900 employees as a result of a recent buyout of Mercantile Bankshares Corp. The layoffs will hit Mercantile employees in Lithicum, Baltimore City and Frederick the hardest, according to notices the company filed with the state labor department. The changeover includes the layoff of redundant jobs, although PNC now has 200 jobs openings in Maryland, and more in other states.
Commissioners in Brevard County, Florida recently announced the layoff of 11 employees in the proposed plan to cut nearly $4.4 million in spending from next year's budget. The layoffs were the first made by commissioners as they work toward possible cuts totaling $20 million. Half of the proposed cut will be appropriated toward property tax reform. The rest reflects money the county expects to need for cost increases and new programs such as the expansion of the jail.
Boynton Beach Commissioners recently announced their plan to lay off 21 city employees. The layoffs are being conducted in tandem with the slashing of the city's operating budget of $75 million. The removal of the popular "Shopper Hopper" transit program for seniors is the cause of the layoffs.
Arizona Senator John McCain recently announced the layoff of more than 50 staffers from his presidential campaign. The layoffs are a result of McCain's diminished budget, of which he has only $2 million left for his second presidential run, having spent most of the $25 million he had raised at the beginning of the year. Once seen as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential campaign, McCain now trails his top rivals in money and polls. Officials with knowledge of McCain's reorganization say that as many as 80 to 100 staffers may be laid off in every area of his campaign.
SunTrust Banks Inc. recently announced the mass layoff of 300 workers as the company plans to market 48 of its office buildings and a portfolio of about 425 retail branches to developers, brokers, real estate investment trusts and other institutional investors. The Atlanta-based bank says the move is part of a companywide effort called the "Organizational Review" that is designed to streamline the administrative structure of its geographic banking organization.
The Greensboro News & Record recently announced the layoffs of 41 employees from its newsroom, expanding on a seemingly national trend. The layoffs include full and part-time copy editors, staff writers and editors. The News & Record is owned by Landmark Communications, a privately held newspaper and broadcast company headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation recently announced the layoffs of eight state railroad employees with the goal of restructuring the agency. Lynchburg city officials are concerned that the layoffs have taken away a level of institutional knowledge necessary to launch the development of the planned TransDominion Express. The TransDominion Express would be a "European style" railroad that is slated to run from the Tennessee border through Lynchburg to Richmond and Washington D.C.
The executive director of the Sarasota County Planning and Development Services Department recently oversaw the layoffs of 41 positions. The layoffs were enacted in reaction to a 60 percent decline in the number of building permits issued in the County compared to this time last year. Of the 41 layoffs, 26 employees will lose their job while the remaining 15 are either unfilled vacancies or employees choosing to take early retirement.
The TRW Automotive Plant in Mount Vernon, Virginia recently experienced 43 layoffs at its plant. The layoff which will continue through September. A company spokesman claims that the majority of 160 lost jobs will be moved to a brake plant in Oakwood, Georgia, citing increasing pricing pressure in the market and competitive needs as motives for the decision. The company expects the next wave of layoffs to being in June, with 33 employees being directly affected.
A manufacturer of trim products for automobiles will close its Butner, North Carolina facility. The permanent layoff will impact over 100 employees at the two SanduskyAthol plants in Butner. The company also has plants in Michigan and Ohio. However the company did not indicate that any employees would be terminated at either of those plants.
Water Bonnet Manufacturing Incorporated notified the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation that is preparing for a mass layoff of 70 employees starting May 4. The company is moving its boat-windshield manufacturing from Casselberry, Florida to Bradenton, which is 130 miles away. The move will be a consolidation of operations with Taylor Made, which also produces windshields and purchased the Water Bonnet Company last year.
A cellular telephone repair firm, Arvato Services Inc., in Melbourne, Florida is closing in May. The company will lay off 288 employees due to lower repair volumes. Bertelsmann AG acquired the 60,000 square foot plant in July 2005 from Nokia. They repair cell phones and other electronic devices from all manufacturers.
About 280 employees at Bassett Furniture Industries Inc. will lose their jobs over the next 2-3 months. The company announced on Monday the closing of its wood manufacturing plant in Henry County, Virginia. The company plans to change its wood material source to overseas suppliers. Officials also said they want to focus on retail and product development.
Unusually high inventories are the reason behind the latest mass layoff at Bristol Compressors in Bristol, Virginia. The company, which manufactures compressors, used for air conditioning and heat applications, laid off 240 workers yesterday. The layoff will last two weeks and impacts mostly production workers. Johnson Controls bought the company in December 2005 and actually has the plant up for sale.
San Antonio-based Clarke American Checks plans to close its Charlotte, North Carolina contact center facility. The center handles calls for the company's banking partners and customers. Approximately 230 employees work in the Charlotte location and will be offered relocation opportunities.
Piano-maker, Yamaha Music Manufacturing announced plans to close its Thomaston, Georgia plant on March 30th. The closure will result in a mass layoff of nearly 200 workers. Community officials say the closure will hurt the community.
The Cleveland and Gastonia Freightliner LLC manufacturing plants in North Carolina will scale back production dramatically at the end of March. The company plans to eliminate shifts at each plant which will result in a mass layoff of up to 1,180 workers in the Cleveland plant and up to 260 employees at the Gastonia plant. Rehiring of the employees will largely depend on whether the truck manufacturing market recovers enough to increase customer demand.
Hooker Furniture Corporation, located in Martinsville, Virginia will be closing its wooden furniture plant. The closing will take place by March 31 resulting in a mass layoff of 268 employees.
Avon Products Inc. plans to gradually terminate 350 positions in Newark, Delaware by 2009. In a press release issued on January 9, Avon announced plans to restructure its U.S. distribution operations to achieve cost savings in an effort to grow the business. The world leader in beauty products plans to open a state-of-the-art distribution center in the Midwest in 2009.
The continued housing market slowdown compels DiVosta Building Corporation to initiate a mass layoff impacting 218 employees at its Palm Beach Gardens headquarters. Beth Cocchiarella, spokesperson for the parent company, Pulte Homes, says the DiVosta work force needs to match the pace of construction. The job cuts will take place at the end of February and will impact 87 journeymen, 58 laborers and 50 apprentices.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to lay off 79 employees over the next three years throughout the Southeast region. Dale Hall, Director for the USFWS, says the job cuts are a necessary step in an effort to reduce the cost of full-time employees in order to meet a budget that is predicted to remain flat or decrease slightly over the next five years. Hall believes the cuts will impact the agency's ability to effectively manage all 128 refuges. Nearly half of the 28 Florida refuges will have no staff at all.
Beginning February 12, Stanley Furniture will lay off 200 employees at its facility in Robbinsville, North Carolina. The mass layoff will include management and hourly employees. CEO Jeffrey R. Scheffer states slow sales across the industry require the company to balance production and staffing.
Goodyear announced that 330 workers at their wire plant in Asheboro, North Carolina could expect to be laid off this week. While the layoff is temporary, the actual length will depend on how long it takes to resolve the labor problems at tire plants in the United States as well as Canada. Forty management employees may be relocated to other plants.
75 employees at the Kennedy Space Center will lose their jobs. The employees work for NASA subcontractor SGS, and perform various jobs in the areas of engineering support, environmental services, and safety/security.
On August 17, United Airlines notified the Virginia Employment Commission that it would shut down its Dulles reservations center in Sterling. The closing will eliminate 427 reservation sales and service representative positions, along with a smaller number of salaried employees and managers. The announcement comes just one week after United said it would increase its Dulles service by 13%.International Paper Company has announced that any employees of its Southlands, Georgia facility not placed with the new owner of the company's forest land operations or offered other positions within the company by October, 2006 may be out of a job.
Hartz and Co. plans to close its Frederick, Maryland plant and terminate its remaining 260 employees. The company closed its Broadway, Virginia manufacturing plant earlier this year, eliminating 150 jobs.
More than 300 employees at the Smithfield Packing Co. in Smithfield, Virginia stand to lose their jobs when the company's meat processing plant closes in October. The cuts come in addition to 125 layoffs previously announced.
Washington Mutual, which previously announced plans to move about 4,500 jobs overseas by the end of 2007, has eliminated 82 positions in Plantation, Florida.
Winn-Dixie will close seven stores late this summer, including locations in Pensacola, Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Pembroke Pines, Largo, Jacksonville and Deltona Florida. The company has indicated that employees will be offered transfers to nearby locations where possible, but as many as 600 employees may be facing layoff.
WCI Communities cut an undisclosed number of jobs in Florida early in July. Layoffs of fewer than 50 employees in a single location do not require advance notice, but the downturn in the building industry is expected to have a wider impact, with possible effects in the building and lending industries and among appraisers, title companies, and other businesses reliant on real estate sales and new construction.
Continental Tire in Charlotte laid off 420 employees during the first week of July. The company had claimed it needed $32 million in cuts to avoid the layoffs. Union leaders say they offered $16 million, but that concession was not enough to persuade the company to hold off on restructuring.
Richmond, Virginia based Cavalier Telephone laid off about 50 employees during the last week of June, but speculation is that those numbers may double-or even quadruple-before the layoffs are complete. Cavalier, which reported increased revenues for the first quarter of 2006 and attributes the layoffs to automation, says further cuts re not planned.
UAV Corp. laid off 171 employees at its Fort Mill, South Carolina facility. About 110 employees remain at work, but the company is reportedly negotiating a sale. Forms providing notice of the impending layoffs as required by federal law were apparently not filed in advance.
Broyhill Furniture Industries, a subsidiary of Furniture Brands, International, Inc., will close its Pacemaker manufacturing facility in Lenoir, North Carolina, eliminating all 700 hourly and salaried positions within the plant. This announcement comes on the heels of a May announcement that Furniture Brands would close its Thomasville, North Carolina manufacturing facility on August 1, eliminating 278 jobs.
Washington Mutual recently announced that 550 workers in Jacksonville, Florida and 850 employees in Seattle would be laid off within the next few months. Although no other specific layoffs have been indicated, the company has announced its intention to move approximately 4,500 jobs overseas by the end of 2007.