Another migration to a Mexican facility located in Monterrey, Mexico ...
Netherlands-based Philips Lighting is relocating its product development and production operations from their Fall River, Massachusetts facility to Monterrey, Mexico and laying off approximately 160 employees in the restructuring.
Phillips acquired the plant in 2008 through an acquisition of the parent company of Lightolier, the iconic manufacturer of residential and commercial chandeliers.
All manufacturing operations are scheduled to cease in the first quarter of 2019. The company’s research and development activities are scheduled to be moved to their Canadian facility in Boisbriand, Canada. An unknown number of non-manufacturing positions will remain on site at this time.
According to Philip’s spokesperson, Melissa Kanter …
“The layoffs are a difficult but necessary step to maintain Philips' competitiveness in the marketplace. The lighting industry is transforming at an accelerated rate. We first saw the shift from conventional lighting to LED and now we are seeing the shift towards systems and services where lighting is being used as an information pathway in cities, offices, retail and the home. This is against a backdrop of increased competition in the market. This decision, while difficult, is part of our plan to drive operational excellence enabling the company to optimize production and supply in order to remain competitive and provide our customers with the service and quality that they expect from us."
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