Sunday, January 24, 2010

Whos Firing – Layoffs week ended 1-22-10

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 1/22/10.

Not only is this valuable for job seekers, but for business analysts, corporate strategists, marketers, salespeople, investment analysts, financial advisers, and others who are interested in companies that are contracting.

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Top layoffs announced and rumored this week were in the Manufacturing, Food, Pharmaceutical, Transportation, Government, Media, and Retail sectors.

Inclusion on this listing doesn’t mean the entire industry is down, as some from the same sectors appeared on the “Who’s Hiring” article published 1/18/10. It is interesting to note that while Federal hiring is on the rise, a number of State and Local governments continued to face cutbacks for over the past quarter, led by the Broward County (FL) School District job cuts.

Manufacturing and Food topped the layoff list this week, as Xerox announced it was laying off 2,500 and Whirlpool announced 400 job cuts. Food companies John Morrell announced 1,500 layoffs, while Tyson Foods cut 480 employees. In Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer continued to announce job cuts, with layoffs of 680 between its Collegeville PA and Frazer PA locations. In transportation, Allstrom Transportation announced 500 layoffs, and ASTAR Air Cargo cut 303 employees in Ohio & Kentucky.

Media company DISH Network cut 449 at its McKeesport PA facility, and JC Penny announced layoffs of 348 between its Richmond VA and Waterford MI locations.

Job seekers: You might want to look in greener pastures than these companies.

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for the week ended 1/22/10:

Xerox, Worldwide (2,500)
John Morrell & Co. (Smithfield Foods), Sioux City IA (1,500)
Pfizer, Collegeville PA and Frazer PA (680)
Alstom Transportation, Hornell NY (500)
Tyson Foods Inc, Council Bluffs IA (480)
Broward School District, Broward County FL (up to 475)
DISH Network, McKeesport PA (449)
Whirlpool Corp, Fort Smith AK (400)
Injex Industries, Hayward CA (387)
JC Penney Co, Richmond VA & Waterford MI (348)
ASTAR Air Cargo, Inc, Ohio & Kentucky (303)
Comerica Inc, Michigan and Verious US (300)
Sitel Corp, Starksville MS (250)
State of Nebraska (250)
Old London Foods, NYC NY (228)
Tsys, Columbus GA (approx 200 US)
Corrections Corporation of America/Walsenburg Prison, Walsenburg CO (188)
TRW Automotive, Mt Vernon OH (180)
American Airlines, Various US (175)
Tulsa Police Department, Tulsa OK (155)
Kyoho Manufacturing California, Stockton CA (154)
Vertis Communication, York PA (154)
Stanley Furniture, Stanleytown VA (150)
Snyder's Drug Stores, St. Paul MN (150)
Nuclear Fuel Services, Erwin TN (150)
Tulsa Fire Department, Tulsa OK (147)
Alcoa Howmet, HamptonVA (129 fuloughed or laid off)
Cadence Design Systems, San Jose CA (120)
Nashua NH School District (100)
Bway Corp, Toccoa GA (100)
Portland ME Schools (100)
Douglas Battery Manufacturing Co, Winston-Salem NC (90)
Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Valencia CA (89)
Exelon Power, Eddystone PA (84)
Toyota Tsusho America, Fremont CA (72)
Fresno Sheriff Office, Fresno CA (71)
Shirokiya Stores, Honolulu HI (71)
Southern Connecticut Gas and Conn. Natural Gas, Various CT (67)
City of Tulsa OK (65)
Kaplan K12 Learning Services, NYC NY (62)
ITT Communications Systems, Fort Wayne IN (62)
The Stanley Works, Sabina OH (56)
Auto Warehousing Co, Tacoma WA (55)
Cardinal Logistics Mgmt, Mountain Top PA (53)
DRS Technologies, Richland Township PS (50)
Bank of America, Bellevue WA (50)
AGY, Huntington PA (50)
Shop Rite Supermarket, Warminster PA (50)
City of Overland Park KS (up to 50)
Town of Harrison NJ (48)
IKBI Inc, Philadelphia MS (47)
Eaton Corporation, Sumter SC (42)
PeaceHealth, Bellingham WA (38)
Woodfold Manufacturing, Forest Grove OR (37)
Fibrebond, Minden LA (33)
Citi, West Sacramento CA (31)
Harley Davidson, Tomahawk WI (25 to 30)
Astorino, Pittsburgh PA (30)
Modernfold, Inc, Dyersville IA (30)
Lands' End, Dodgeville WI (30)
City of Reno NV (30)

Source: Google, Twitter,,,,, Gawker,

Readers – If you know of employers announcing significant layoff plans, or employers reducing large numbers of employees, please comment below to add to this list.

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Unknown said...

Your info in WRONG .... TSYS is in Columbus, Ga not Columbus OH

Phil Rosenberg said...

Margo - Thanks for the correction!