Schneider Electric SE (EPA:SU), a European company specializing in automation solutions, energy management, and more, announced a second round of layoffs in 2018. Schneider Electric’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices filed in California on January 5 and January 30 reflected that the company would lay off a combined 42 employees in Clovis, Fresno Country. These Schneider Electric layoffs in 2018 would be effective March 5 and March 30 respectively. These job cuts will be a part of California layoffs in 2018 which will lead to the permanent elimination of the employees stated.
Schneider Electric’s 1st Round of Layoffs in 2018
Earlier in the year, Schneider Electric announced 61 job cuts at its Square D facility in Peru, Indiana, with the majority being manufacturing operators. These Schneider Electric layoffs in Indiana will take place over a two-week period beginning March 16. The company refrained from giving any reason for the layoffs, but said that the entire facility wouldn’t be closing.
Those laid off are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Some employees may have bumping rights, according to the union’s collective bargaining agreement.
Jim Tidd, executive director of the Miami County Economic Development Authority, said his agency hopes to discuss with Schneider Electric about how the city can help bring some of the lost jobs back to Peru or make use of the additional space in its facility. He also said the Authority would assist affected workers to help them find new jobs.
Schneider Electric Subsidiary’s Layoffs in California in 2017
Pelco Corporation, a Schneider Electric subsidiary, planned to lay off about 200 employees in 2017. These California layoffs were announced as the company was reducing production and manufacturing of its video line. According to Andy Haussler, Clovis’ community and economic development director, the company’s focus in recent years has been to reduce its manufacturing operations and make changes to fit the global market.
Schneider Electric took over Pelco in 2007. About 10 years ago, the company’s workforce was about 2,000; now, it’s just 1,000.
“I am expecting them to continue to re-position themselves to be successful,” Haussler said. “They have been in this mode for some time now and it could require more cuts.”
There is currently no word on if the Schneider Electric layoffs reported so far in 2018 are the only ones planned.
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