Am I Next? Tramontina Cookware moving manufacturing to Brazil.

Sugar Land, Texas-based Tramontina, an aluminum cookware manufacturer and subsidiary of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil-based company, has decided to cease manufacturing and assembly in the United States and consolidate production in the company’s 10 facilities in Brazil. The decision was driven by financial considerations and the rising cost of materials, labor, and transportation.

As a consequence of this decision, 108 employees assembly employees will be laid off in Sugar Land, Texas and is shuttering its manufacturing facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin which will result in the loss of another 145 jobs. The layoffs in Wisconsin will begin around August 31, 2019 and those in Sugar Land beginning in September, 2019.

A company spokesman noted, “This is an extremely difficult announcement. Due to the production cost increases over several years, our shareholders decided to cease manufacturing operations at our U.S. facility as a strategic step towards consolidating our production within the group’s existing factories in Brazil, which allows us to focus more on product development, sales and logistics in the U.S.”

Change is coming. There will always be a tomorrow, no matter how much you may try to ignore it. 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. No one is guaranteed to wake up tomorrow and still have a job by evening. Are you now wondering, Am I Next?