They’re great! Unless they’re the employees Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) is laying off. Kellogg filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) report with the state of Michigan Workforce Development Agency saying notifying of 14 Kellogg layoffs at the plant located on Porter Street in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The layoffs will take place between March 31, and April 13, 2018. Kellogg said it expects the layoffs to be permanent.
In addition to calling these “the first wave of layoffs,” it also warned of “further layoffs” in the WARN letter.
“We will keep you apprised of further layoffs when the dates of those layoffs can be better ascertained,” Laura Reyna, the human resources manager wrote to the state.
These Kellogg layoffs are part of the Battle Creek, Michigan-based company’s plan to “simplify and streamline operations in our North American cereal network.”
In early 2017, Kellogg announced it was eliminating 250 jobs at its headquarters and closing 39 distribution centers nationwide as part of its restructuring plan, known as “Special K.”
In August 2017, Kellogg said it would be cutting 223 jobs in Battle Creek in 2018. The cuts were expected to hit those working at the company’s facility on Porter Street.
“Today, we are announcing our intent to simplify and streamline our operations by focusing each of our RTEC plants on at least two scaled manufacturing platforms, such as rice or bran,” Kellogg spokesman Kris Charles said in a prepared statement. “If finalized, these changes would optimize the capacity we currently have, allow for future growth and decrease the total cost-per-pound in our RTEC network, which will improve margins.”
In addition to these cuts, Kellogg’s project “Special K” has resulted in roughly 500 layoffs in North Carolina, over 300 were pink slipped in New York, 216 employees were axed in Minnesota, 500 were jettisoned in Pennsylvania, and 76 jobs were cut in Maryland.
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