2014 is off to a start with consolidations, plant closures, and layoffs. 2014 beings the year business as usual adding many new workers to Career Purgatory. Read about the First Quarter of 2014 here.
Toyota Motor Company – The Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor is being expanded as part of the automakers reorganization. The center should see another 250 employees in Michigan.
Meijer – The Michigan based grocery store is going to start building a second store located in the City of Detroit. A sign that the city has life after all. Starting May 15 construction will commence on the project.
Notable Second Quarter 2014 Layoffs
Al Jazeera America – The company that recently formed from its purchase of Al Gore’s TV network has announced that it is laying off workers.
Amcor Rigid Plastics – Letting 40 employees go in North Carolina operations.
United Airlines – Informed 430 employees of impending layoffs at the Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland Ohio.
Caterpillar Inc - cutting 60 workers in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Family Dollar – The discount retailer announced store closings and will also cut 135 jobs at Matthews headquarters.
Wayne Farms LLC – The company is cuttings the deboning lines at its Dothan facility, resulting in 560 layoffs.
Boeing – The aerospace company known for its Seattle Washington operations is moving 1,000 jobs to California. Technically all employees in WA affected are to be laid off. Some may be able to move to California.
Oshkosh – The company states that as a result of reduced defense spending it is reducing its workforce. Workers affected 760.
The Star-Ledger – New Jersey’s largest media property has over 300 layoffs. The company runts Star-Ledger, NJ.com, other Advance newspapers. 167 staffers or one third of the newspaper’s non-unionized employees will lose their jobs.
A newsroom with positions including reporters, editors, photographers, videographers and support staff 40 positions will be cut one of these through attrition.
VH1 – let 13 employees go in New York.
ConAgra – The companies Batesville Arkansas plant is laying off 250 workers. Is laying off 130 workers at its St. Louis plant.