AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION

Am I Next? Deckers Outdoor to close Camarillo, California distribution facility.

Goleta, California-based Deckers Outdoor Corporation, a footwear designer and distributor, has announced that it was closing its Camarillo, California distribution center and warehouse resulting in the permanent lay off of 99 employees. It is believed that operations will be transferred to the recently enlarged Moreno Valley warehouse and distribution center.

The decision should not come as a surprise to employees as the company has an ongoing multi-year restructuring plan which included provisions to “consolidate certain United States distribution center operations. According to the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, “In general, the intent of this restructuring plan is to streamline brand operations, reduce overhead costs, create operating efficiencies, and improve collaboration across brands.” Some of the company’s brands include Ugg, Teva, Sanuk and Hoka One One.

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE -- LAYOFFS AT KROGER

Kroger Markets - Bakery Closing — 411 Layoffs

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger, the largest supermarket chain by revenue, has announced the closure of its 190,000-square-foot building Columbus, Ohio bakery and the layoff of 411 workers.

The decision appears to have been based on an aging facility first opened in 1928.

A Kroger spokesperson noted, “After evaluation of the equipment and layout of the plant, it became clear that the outdated layout and age of the equipment were no longer sustainable for us to remain competitive.

Production at the plant will cease immediately and the process of decommissioning its operations is expected to take 60 – 90 days. To keep competitive with the markets nowadays, we have to make some tough decisions.

Workers will be paid for 60 days before receiving severance based on years of service per their collective bargaining agreement with the company.” The property will be sold and the work transitioned to other facilities or farmed out to third-party contract bakers.

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?

AM I NEXT? THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL AT GOODYEAR

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Layoffs

Akron, Ohio-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the iconic tire manufacturer, has announced that they are planning shift changes and layoffs in the at the Gadsden, Alabama plant which produces car and light-truck tires.

The company did not provide specifics on numbers or positions and it appears that no WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice has been filed with the State of Alabama at this time. However, the company did note that layoffs will take place in the second quarter and that the company is reducing its 12-hour shifts to a standard 8-hour shift beginning at the end of March 2019.

According to a company spokesperson, the decision is a routine business matter and that the “The company continually adjusts schedules to maximize capacity at all plants, increase operational efficiencies and best serve our customers with the tires they need, when and where they need them. This move is part of that process.”

The one bright spot is that the Gadsden plant is protected from closure under a 5-year contract between Goodyear and the United Steelworkers Union. Since this is year two, there are three years left remaining on the contract. Some employees believe the plant is in jeopardy because approximately 1,000 employees were laid off in February 1999 when the plant was scheduled for closure. Obviously, business conditions improved and Goodyear reversed their decision to close the facility.

There are no guarantees in life, or promises for a bright future. Just because something bad hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean it won't. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?