AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT LA-Z-BOY

La-Z-Boy consolidating operations, some being sent to Mexico.

Monroe, Michigan La-Z-Boy, the iconic furniture manufacturer best known for its recliners, has announced additional consolidation and restructuring plans to “strengthen its supply chain manufacturing footprint. The company will close its 200,000 square-foot upholstery manufacturing facility in Redlands, California and transition operations to the company’s other facilities. It is anticipated that 350 people will be laid off following the cessation of production in October 2019. The building will be place on the market after it is vacated.

The company also plans to Layoff approximately 105 employees in its leather cut-and-sew operation located in Newton, Mississippi with the move commencing in October and completed by the end of 2019. The company plans to move some of its Newton operations to another La-Z-Boy facility believed to be located in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

According to La-Z-Boy Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt L. Darrow, We regret the impact these actions will have on those employees affected and will provide outplacement assistance during the transition period. We greatly appreciate the contribution of each employee and thank them for their years of dedicated service. However, after an in-depth review of our supply chain, due to ongoing productivity improvements, we determined these moves will further optimize our operations and strengthen our competitive positioning in the marketplace. We are committed to ensuring our dealers and their customers continue to receive excellent service, quick and on-time deliveries, and consistent freight costs as we move production to our other facilities. With 3.7 million square feet of North American manufacturing space for the La-Z-Boy branded product and about 5,000 employees in those facilities, we have the capacity to not only service existing business but expand our volume as we execute various growth strategies.”

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 CENTRIC PARTS

Am I Next? Centric Parts to lay off 286 workers, transfer operations to Texas.

City of Industry, California-based Centric Parts, a division of Littleton, Colorado-based APC Automotive Technologies and a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of after-market auto parts, has announced that it will be laying off 286 workers at its brake caliper manufacturing facility in Carson, California. The layoffs are scheduled to commence September 30, 2019 through October 18, 2019. Approximately 100 employees, mostly in research and development, engineering, IT, and marketing will remain at a consolidated Carson plant while some of the company’s caliper manufacturing operations will be transferred to El Paso, Texas.

The decision to transfer operations to Texas appears to be an economic one, with a company spokesperson noting, “Many of our customers are on the East Coast, so this will provide a more central and desirable location. We’re also moving because business costs are very high in California … we’re not unique in that.”

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 HONEYWELL AEROSPACE

Am I Next? 170 layoffs as Honeywell Aerospace leaves Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Phoenix, Arizona-based Honeywell Aerospace, an aircraft products manufacturer, has announced that the company is moving its engineering and manufacturing operations out of Albuquerque, New Mexico and transferring operations to other Honeywell facilities located in in Phoenix, Arizona, Clearwater, Florida, and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. The move will be initiated on September 30, 2019 and be completed by the end of 2019. Approximately 170 employees are scheduled to be laid off.

The transition was widely publicized in November, 2018 with a company spokesperson noting, “Honeywell has decided to move manufacturing and engineering operations from Albuquerque to other U.S. facilities by the end of next year. This is not a decision we made lightly as we realize this, unfortunately, affects valued employees.”

“The Albuquerque operation is focused primarily on military and government contracts, which the company believes can be managed more efficiently by integrating those activities into plants in other states. That includes moving much of the division’s equipment in Albuquerque to Honeywell facilities in Arizona.”

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?