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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Obama Economy: Layoffs And Business Closings: November 15, 2012

By Susan Duclos

Additional layoffs and business closings will be listed as they are announced throughout the day. Below are reports found on November 15, 2012. (Updates on top of categories)

Layoffs- November 15, 2012: 

Glass maker Owens-Illinois Inc lays off 25 at Perrysburg headquarters

 Glass maker Owens-Illinois Inc. said Thursday that it has laid off 25 workers at its Perrysburg headquarters campus in an effort to reduce costs.

Tooele lays off 22 more government workers

 After the disposal of a chemical weapon stockpile was completed and federal funding for the project pulled, Tooele County government has been constrained to a $23 million budget for 2013 — a $4 million budget cut. As a result, they released 22 corrections officers in August, and in another round of layoffs this week, let go of another 22 government employees throughout the county.

 Judson University is laying off 21

 Judson University is laying off 21 full-time faculty, staff and part-time employees and will terminate contracts for another 11 staffers next year as part of a $1.4 million spending reduction.

Procter and Gamble Plans More Job Cuts

 The world's largest consumer-product company Thursday disclosed plans to cut its nonmanufacturing workforce by an additional 2% to 4% annually through fiscal year 2014 to 2016. That comes on top of plans to reduce its nonmanufacturing jobs by 10%, or 5,700, by the end of its current fiscal year ending June 30.

Job cuts at GE Healthcare in Vt. 

More job cuts at GE Healthcare in South Burlington-- though how many is unclear.

The Vermont location specializes in developing information technology for the health care industry. About 850 people worked there when GE bought out IDX Systems in 2005. There have been several job cuts since then, including at least two others earlier this year.

Layoffs at Dahlgren's Crookston North Dakota Plant

 Dahlgren's in Crookston could be laying off around a dozen of its 100 employees.

American Cotton Growers announces 110 layoffs in Littlefield, TX

American Cotton Growers has announced the layoff of 110 employees at the Littlefield facility. The layoffs will be effective Jan. 6, and come as the result of changes to ACG’s production schedule.
According to Katelyn Karney, communications manager for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, changes are being made to ACG’s production schedule in order to better match the facilities capacity to the current market in denim.

The change will move production from a three-shift operation for five days to a four-shift operation for seven-days.
“The overall denim market is down, which is causing a decrease in our production,” said Karney.

PotashCorp issues layoff notice for Allan miners

 PotashCorp is temporarily laying off workers at mines in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick because of a slump in demand.

The Saskatoon-based company says the Allan mine in Saskatchewan won't operate between Dec. 16 and Feb. 9.

The mine in Sussex, New Brunswick is also shutting down for eight weeks between Dec. 30 and Feb. 23.

PotashCorp said in October that it will shut its Lanigan and Rocanville mines in Saskatchewan for eight-weeks starting Nov. 18 and Dec. 7, respectively.

The fertilizer producer reported in October that its third-quarter profit fell 22 per cent from a year ago.

Ohio-Timken cuts 160 jobs, more layoffs planned

Declining third quarter sales forced layoffs at Timken Co., and more temporary layoffs will be coming in December.

The company has placed about 160 employees on long-term layoff during the past few months.
Jobs were cut because of scheduling adjustments that Timken had to make as a result of “lower customer demand across its market sectors,” the company said in a statement issued Wednesday. The statement didn’t say how long the workers will be on layoff.

Timken also anticipates separate one-week shutdowns in December at the Harrison and Faircrest steel mills. December traditionally is a time when customer demand drops, the company said.

The temporary shutdowns will occur on an alternating basis. Between 300 and 400 employees at the two plants will be laid off during alternating weeks, according to the statement.

St. Lawrence County, NY, to cut 30 jobs

St. Lawrence County's projected tax increase has been cut to 15 percent with the elimination of the Certified Home Health Agency Program and with it more than 30 jobs.

Legislators decided to close the county agency next year and transfer the patient load to a privately run home health agency.

The county Public Health Department cuts would affect 17 nurses, four home health aides and 11 clerical workers, some who may be able to transfer to other positions or be hired by the private company taking over the program.

So far, the county has trimmed 50 positions, including retirements and job vacancies, from next year's spending plan. 

ITW Consumer warns of 73 layoffs in Riviera Beach Florida

ITW Consumer has warned the state of Florida of 73 layoffs and the closure of their Riviera Beach facility earlier this year.

Closures: November 15, 2012

Secura Insurance will close its Okemos, Mich., office by April 1

Crooked Fence Gifts in Enumclaw WA - But Continuing Online

Anastasia's Accessories in Hoboken NJ

My Country Delicatessen in Niagara Falls

GameStop closing 200 outlets- New

Both Johnnie's Foodmaster stores in Somerville, Mass. will officially close this weekend.

In West Somerville, most aisles were completely bare Thursday after a two-week closing sale. The store will close after Sunday, according to employees.

Laurel Hill Nursing Home in Winstead Closing-

Spectrum Healthcare is closing its Winsted nursing home, called Laurel Hill Healthcare, early next year, as it seeks to stem its operating losses and emerge from bankruptcy.

The layoffs will be gradual, as the company has to find new homes for its patients, but eventually 117 workers will lose their jobs there.

Westmont Superfresh- The A&P chain plans to close stores in Westmont, Marlton and Plainsboro.

Superfresh market on Cuthbert Boulevard will close in January, a store corporate official said Wednesday.

"As part of an ongoing review of our store footprint, A&P will close three underperforming Superfresh stores in Westmont, NJ, Marlton and Plainsboro, on Jan. 11, 2013," Marcy Connor, a corporate spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Third East Idaho Call Center Closes; Blames Obama

An Ammon call center is closing its doors, joining two others who closed down or laid off dozens of employees in the last week.

Promark Research announced the closure Tuesday. An attorney for the Texas-based company claims the layoffs are the result of President Barack Obama’s reelection.

Monroe County Home Closing in Mississippi 

 The Monroe County Home, which has offered a living situation for people who don't have a place to go or the ability to make it on their own, will close Dec. 1.

The home was built in 1948.

Home Administrator Angela Shackelford says the closure is the result of tightening state standards dealing with assisted living facilities and because of a drop in resident numbers.

Shackleford has placed most of the residents elsewhere and local officials' main concern was that all of them had been provided a place to stay.

The county maintains and owns the building and helps with the utility bills. According to Crawford, the County Home's services will end in early December.

Washington- Stanek’s Nursery to close after 99 years

 Stanek’s Nursery on the South Hill will close early next year, just one year shy of the family business’s 100th birthday.

Massachusetts- Wrapping It Up – After 100 Years Hysil is Closing 

The sagging economy and increasing Internet shopping has forced the hand of Hysil Outlet owners to announce that their Northgate Revere store will be closing before Christmas.

It will mark the first time in exactly 100 years that the Hy-Sil name will not have a business presence in Revere or Chelsea.

California- Capital Nursery Closing Remaining Locations

Just months after their flagship store closed, Capital Nursery will be closing their other two locations.

Their board voted Monday to close the Elk Grove and Citrus Heights locations. The roughly 60 employees were told of the decision Tuesday.

They closed their main nursery on Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento two months ago.

Illinois- V.A. Anderson Clothing & Shoes closing its doors in Princeton

A longtime business with roots going back to 1900 in Bureau County will be closing its doors.

Kmart on Tunnel Road to close

The Kmart store at 4 Tunnel Road has started liquidation sales this week and will close in late January of 2013, a Sears Holding spokesman said today.

Georgia- Bank of America to close Cherry Street Branch

 Bank of America has announced its branch on Cherry Street in Macon will close its doors on April, 5. A spokesperson for the branch says a decline in transactions is the reason for the closure.

The decision follows a national trend of bank branch closing as more and more people begin to bank on-line and on their phones.
According to commercial real estate information company, bank branch closing are outpacing opening by an average of 48% in every quarter since 2011.

"With all the changes going on in the banking industry, I just think it's sort of a sign of the times," said Main Street Macon Director Mechele McKinley.

Dialysis company closing Lehigh Valley billing office

Fresenius Medical Care, which operates kidney dialysis centers around the world, is closing a billing office in Lehigh County, putting 92 people out of work.

The company expects the closure to take effect Jan. 14, according to a letter it sent to the state Department of Labor and Industry. The office is on Marcon Boulevard in Hanover Township.

Fresenius is consolidating its billing services work to existing offices in Ohio and Georgia, company spokesman Jon Stone said. It has had a billing office in Hanover Township for about 10 years.

Massachusetts- Upper Crust shuttering 10 restaurants; 140 employees affected

The Upper Crust pizza chain has closed most of its restaurants as its owners grapple with a wave of regulatory probes, litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.

According to, the closures appear to have affected 10 Boston-area restaurants, including locations in Watertown, Newbury Street in Boston, Hingham, Lexington and Wellesley. 140 employees are out of work.

Obama's Economy pieces at this link.

Layoff Mania  pieces at the link.

Business Closings pieces at the link.