AM I NEXT? NO LOVE -- LAYOFFS AT ETHAN ALLEN

Am I Next? Ethan Allen Consolidation - Layoffs.

Danbury, Connecticut-based Ethan Allen Interiors, the home furnishing manufacturer and distributor, plans to restructure operations to further the company’s vertical integration.

The consolidation effort will result in 380 layoffs, 325 from the company’s manufacturing facility in Old Fort, North Carolina, and 55 employees in the company’s Passaic, New Jersey distribution center.

The Passaic distribution operation will be transferred to North Carolina and the art framing operations will be outsourced. he Old Fort facility will be re-purposed to serve as a state-of-the-art distribution center and the company will continue its lumber processing function. Fifty-percent of Old Fort’s case goods manufacturing will be transferred to the company’s two facilities in Orleans and Beecher Falls, Vermont.

The decision is purely a business one to reduce costs and consolidate operations.

The company's Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari, noted “I have had a personal close association with many of these associates for about 40 years. They leave a legacy of fine artisanry, safety, and manufacturing leadership."

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?

AM I NEXT? NO LOVE AT MASSMUTUAL

Mass Mutual closing Charlotte, North Carolina office in consolidation move.

Springfield, Massachusetts-based Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) is continuing its restructuring to consolidate its operations. The consolidation effort will result in the permanent closure of its Ballantyne office located in Charlotte, North Carolina and result in the layoff of 164 employees, mostly call center and support functions. This should not come as a surprise to employees as the company revealed its consolidation plans last year and indicating that it would be moving its Charlotte employees to other company offices in Springfield, Massachusetts or Boston, Massachusetts.

At that time, MassMutual president and CEO Roger Crandall noted, “Following a thorough strategic assessment of our operations and footprint, we concluded that our home state of Massachusetts is the best place for us to grow and thrive over the long term. We have deep roots and a supportive community in our hometown of Springfield, and we will continue to invest and grow our workforce in the city. At the same time, as we evolve, a stronger Boston presence immerses us in a booming financial and digital economy and provides us with an enhanced opportunity to recruit innovators from the area’s deep and diverse talent pool.”

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?