A new round of layoffs that will hit Pelco by Schneider Electric in Clovis came as no surprise to a top city economic official.
The maker of security cameras and surveillance equipment will idle about 200 workers through December as it reduces its video line.
Pelco has been winding down its manufacturing operations in recent years while making changes to fit the global market, said Andy Haussler, the city’s community and economic development director.
At its peak, about 10 years ago, Pelco employed about 2,000 employees. Now, the company has about 1,000.
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“I am expecting them to continue to re-position themselves to be successful,” Haussler said. “They have been in this mode for some time now and it could require more cuts.”
The company laid off about 43 workers in 2016 after it announced it would be narrowing its technology focus.
Schneider Electric bought Pelco in 2007. The French-based parent company is a global leader in energy management and automation.
Clovis residents can feel good overall about local job prospects, Haussler insisted.
While Pelco’s workforce has continued to shrink, Clovis has added 6,000 jobs in the past five years, he said.