Hutchinson Technology to lay off 100 workers


Hutchinson Technology will trim about 100 jobs at its facilities in Plymouth and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

According to the Associated Press, the cost reduction move is expected to result in $1.3 million in severance charges in third quarter financial results.

The Eau Claire Leader Telegram reports the layoffs will occur by the end of July. About 60 of the cuts will be at HTI’s Eau Claire plant.

This round of cuts comes on top of the 78 layoffs that were announced in March. Hutchinson Technology will have about 500 employees in Eau Claire when the workforce reductions are complete. The company, which produces suspension assemblies for disk drives, counted 640 employees in Eau Claire as of May 2. The plant employed 2,500 workers in the 1990's.

WQOW reported that the jobs targeted for elimination in Eau Claire are non-manufacturing, support positions. The previous cuts were positions in production.

In 2013 HTI moved some of its operations to Thailand and part of the building was closed, then put up for sale.

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