Randolph Co. employer cutting jobs

Jan. 16, 2013 @ 09:35 AM

One of Randolph County’s largest private employers will lay off up to 100 workers in the coming year as part of a corporate restructuring to reduce costs.
The battery manufacturer Energizer Holdings Inc. recently filed a notification with the state of North Carolina about the St. Louis-based company’s intention to reduce its work force in Asheboro. Energizer indicates in a statement that approximately 80 to 100 workers will lose their jobs.
Most of the layoffs will take place between March 15 and Dec. 31, the company indicates.
Energizer now employs more than 675 people at its two locations in Asheboro. The company has ranked as one of the top five employers in the county, according to a list compiled by the Randolph County Economic Development Corp.
The details on the layoffs at Energizer’s Asheboro facilities follow the company’s announcement late last year that it plans to reduce costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Energizer anticipates that this layoff will be permanent,” the company indicates.
In addition, Energizer says it will continue to monitor its work force requirements and “may need to adjust staffing levels” based on business conditions.
Workers who are being laid off will receive 60 days notice about losing their jobs, as well as severance benefits, the company indicates.
The timing of the Energizer announcement was driven in part by the federal Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The law, implemented more than 20 years ago, prevents employers who close a factory or lay off a significant percentage of their work force from doing so without prior notice. 

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