Possible layoffs at Shreveport manufacturing plant
200 jobs could be impacted
A manufacturing plant in Shreveport is facing possible layoffs, again.
The latest round of potential cutbacks is linked to a tentative realignment of the North American Company Libbey Glass Inc.
Dan Brady, spokesperson for the company’s corporate headquarters in Toledo, Ohio tells KTBS 3 News that the move could possibly impact about 200 workers and that the United Steelworkers Union would be consulted on the impending decision.
KTBS 3 News contacted a representative with the United Steelworkers Union and they confirmed that if the tentative plan becomes reality around 150 hourly workers and 50 salaried employees would be impacted.
Around 800 people are currently employed at the plant. Brady says the tentative plan contemplates the retainment of 65% percent of the current workforce in Shreveport. The company's spokesperson says the realignment would make sure that all Libbey Glass facilities are as efficient and effective as possible. Some production would be relocated to Libbey's facilities in Monterrey, Mexico and Toledo, Ohio.
A statement released along with the company's earnings announcement included the following information:
"These changes would enable Libbey to reduce manufacturing capacity and improve asset utilization across our North American facilities, while continuing to meet the needs of our customers worldwide,” [said Stephanie A. Streeter, chief executive officer of Libbey Inc.]. “We regret the impact these changes would have on our affected Shreveport associates, but they are necessary to strengthen Libbey's financial and competitive position.”
The City is prepared to help Libby Glass workers transition back into the workforce, Mayor Cedric Glover said following news today that the company would lay off 200 employees.
``We stand ready to do whatever we can to help the affected employees for this long-standing company,’’ Mayor Glover said. ``Libbey Glass is an integral part of Shreveport and I know this is not an easy time for its management and staff. But we believe there will be legitimate opportunities for these highly trained and motivated workers to land new jobs.’’
One area of assistance is the Rapid Response Service, which provides early intervention seminars to inform employees on how to access a variety of valuable services. These include retraining, readjustment and other appropriate assistance to workers affected by layoffs.
Mayor Glover said the City also will consider hosting a job fair featuring established companies as well as some of the recently announced companies that are moving large operations to Shreveport.
``This is a difficult day for a large number of our citizens and their families, and I can only imagine the anxiety and uncertainty they’re experiencing,’’ Mayor Glover said. ``But it’s important that they know help is available and we’re going to do our part to help them connect with employment opportunities that are coming to Shreveport.’’
In August 2012, KTBS 3 reported possible layoffs in Shreveport after the corporation decided to streamline the company and consolidate the maintenance department.
The Shreveport facility dates back to 1922 and became Libbey Glass in 1974.
Libbey Glass is the second largest drinking glass manufacturer in the world.
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