AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT JONATHAN LOUIS FURNITURE

Am I Next? Mass layoff at Jonathan Louis Furniture.

Gardena, California-based furniture maker Jonathan Louis has announced the layoff of 329 employees commencing on August 30, 2019. A company spokesperson attributed the layoffs to “a slowing in business demand and an increase in production costs.” A major portion of the company’s raw materials are sourced in China and it is possible that the new U.S. 25% tariff structure on furniture and components may have resulted in an increase in the cost of materials. The company produces sofas, sectionals, chairs , storage beds, chaise lounges, and headboards which are primarily sold in Southern California. According to a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice filed with the State of California, the positions affected include: 179 floor helpers, 40 upholsterers, 34 machine sewing operators, 16 fabric cutters, 12 assemblers, eight quality control inspectors, seven forklift drivers, six supervisors, five janitors, four machine operators, four spring assemblers and three foam cutters.

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?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT THOMAS BUILT BUSES (UPDATED)

Am I Next? Thomas Built Buses to layoff 115 workers in High Point, North Carolina

UPDATE: AUGUST 2, 2019 — ANOTHER 100 HIGH POINT WORKERS ARE BEING LAID OFF

The company has announced that they will lay off 100 production workers commencing on August 31, 2019. According to a company spokesperson, the decision was demand-driven and is a response to the cyclical nature of their business.

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High Point, North Carolina-based Thomas Built Buses, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America and manufacturer of those iconic yellow school buses announced that it will be laying off 115 workers at its High Point facility as part of an adaptive response to sales.

According to a company spokesperson, “Following six years of increased demand and staffing to accommodate growth, we are now rightsizing to adjust to the cyclical nature of our business.”

The company started in 1916 as a street car manufacturer and switched to producing school buses in 1936. It now produces a number of school bus models as well as specialty vehicles. This is not the first mass layoff for the company, and is not likely to be the last.

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