Western Graphics & Data will be closing its commercial printing plant in Southeast Portland, a move that will result in the loss of all 82 jobs. The company is a unit of Minnesota-based Travel Tags, Inc. and is, according to its web site, “one of the largest Gift Card Manufacturers in the United States, with reach around the globe.”
According to the notice filed with the state employment office, the layoffs at Western Graphics will begin in early October and conclude by the end of March 2018. The 82 positions are all full-time. There are no bumping rights or union representatives.
Oregon has faced a large number of layoffs recently. In the first two weeks of July alone, three employers have filed notices with the state employment office affecting 429 workers.
On July 11, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) announced that 61 positions at its Wilsonville, Oregon facility will be permanently terminated following a reorganization and restructuring. All employee terminations will be complete as of September 8, 2017.
Some of the positions being jettisoned include: electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, principle designers, line leaders, and senior hardware engineers. The affected employees are not entitled to bump or trade places with individuals who are not affected by the decision.
In early July, NORPAC Foods, Inc. announced 123 employees at its Plant No. 7, located in Salem. NORPAC Foods will be out of work after permanently shuttering the plant.
NORPAC Foods is a cooperative owned by more than 200 family farmers in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The company sold its canning business to Seneca Foods Corp (NASDAQ:SENEA). The sale resulted in the closure of the Salem facility.
Additionally, NORPAC Foods announced it will close its Hermiston, Oregon processing facility by the end of 2017 to consolidate operations into its Brooks, Oregon and Quincy, Washington facilities.
The downturn in the U.S. economy continues to hit the Pacific Coast state hard. In June, Oregon experienced the second-highest number of layoffs on the West Coast. California announced 8,279 job cuts, while Oregon, which has one-tenth the population, announced 1,638. This brings Oregon’s year-to-date total to 2,673.
“Oregon WARN Report,” Oregon Government, July 11, 2017.
“The History of Travel Tags,” traveltags.com, last accessed July 13, 2017.
“Employment Situation Summary,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 7, 2017.