AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT BRIGGS & STRATTON

Am I Next? Briggs & Stratton downsizing - 600 layoffs.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Briggs & Stratton, an iconic manufacturer of gasoline engines, has announced that they will be closing their small engine plant in Murray, Kentucky plant by the fall of 2020. The closure will result in the layoff of 600 employees. The decision was based on economics and the necessity of reducing their manufacturing footprint with the consolidation of small vertical shaft engine production in the company’s Poplar Bluff, Missouri plant.

“The market for small vertical-shaft engines has been relatively stable over the last several years but has not grown for various reasons, including a difficult housing market driven by the lack of affordable single-family homes in the United States. Unlike other areas of Briggs & Stratton's business such as commercial engines and products which have seen double-digit growth, the residential walk-behind mower market, where the vast majority of these engines are used, has not rebounded to historical levels. Accordingly, the Company is taking action to right-size its footprint.”

According to Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation, “"Our residential engine business continues to be core to our company as we make progress on diversifying our business by growing our commercial presence. This production consolidation is important for the long-term health of this operation and will allow for better utilization of our assets by freeing up resources that we can use on growth areas within our company. Our team in Murray has done great things over the three decades since the plant was established. We are grateful for their work and the support we have received from the local community and Commonwealth of Kentucky."

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 -- LAYOFFS AT PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES (UPDATED)

Am I Next? Downsizing at Pioneer Natural Resources.

MAY 29, 2019 UPDATE — COMPANY ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CUTS TO WORKFORCE

In addition to the 300 employees laid off in April, Pioneer Natural Resources announced that another 230 employees will be laid off at the company’s Irving Texas headquarters and at its Permian Basin offices.

According to a company spokesperson, "Decisions like these are never easy. In this case they were necessary to both align our cost structure with our business strategy and to create value for our shareholders over the long term.”

Translated from corporate-speak, we would rather cut our personnel costs and use the money to make our investors on Wall Street happy so they increase our valuation.

The running total is approximately 877 employees laid off in 2019.

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Irving, Texas-based Pioneer Natural Resources, a petroleum exploration company with significant holdings in the Permian Basin, is seeking to immediately reduce costs by a reduction in headcount. The company has announced a voluntary buyout offer, followed by forced layoffs to eliminate at least 300 employees.

A company spokesman noted …

“Pioneer committed to a one-basin strategy in 2018 following a decade-long divestment of the majority of its non-Permian assets. This positions the company to improve capital efficiency and enhance shareholder value. But this strategy calls for a simplified organizational structure, which means difficult decisions must be made about the workforce necessary to support Permian-only operations.

Achieving a scaled workforce commensurate with our ongoing operations will lead to lower costs in line with our peer group, and it will assure Pioneer’s position as a leading independent in the Permian Basin.

A generous voluntary separation package has been offered to a group of employees to consider. Additionally, the company expects a number of involuntary separations will be necessary. This process will conclude by June so that our workforce can be focused for the rest of 2019 and beyond.

Pioneer’s future is strong, and these actions solidify our commitment to creating value for our shareholders and to the Permian Basin.”

As with all companies operating in the energy sector, wide swings in supply and demand are not uncommon, nor are changes in governmental policies affecting the sector. “

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 PLASTIC OMNIUM

Am I Next? Plastic Omnium layoffs.

Île-de-France, France-based Plastic Omnium, a French manufacturer of plastic exterior body parts for vehicles, has announced a reduction-in-force at their Anderson, South Carolina facility resulting in the layoff of 350 employee, leaving approximately 175 employees.

80 employees will be eligible to transfer to the company’s facility located fifty miles away in Greer, South Carolina where the company produces large exterior painted body parts for the nearby BMW plant.

The 60-acre Anderson facility was built in 1994, but appears to lack space to expand operations which is not the case at the Greer facility.

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 ... are you now wondering, Am I Next?