Clovis News

October 20, 2011

Pelco plans 97 more layoffs by mid-December

Pelco by Schneider Electric, Fresno County's largest manufacturer, is laying off 97 employees by Christmas, Clovis city officials confirmed Thursday. In a letter to the city, a Pelco official described the job cuts as "permanent separations."

Pelco by Schneider Electric, Fresno County's largest manufacturer, is laying off 97 employees by Christmas, Clovis city officials confirmed Thursday.

City Manager Robert Woolley said the city was notified Thursday afternoon by the company about the layoffs. Federal law requires that layoffs of more than 50 employees trigger notices to local government agencies.

In its letter to the city, Lourdes Garcia, Pelco's director of human resources, described the job cuts as "permanent separations."

The company previously announced it was laying off 50 workers by the end of November. The new round of layoffs is effective Dec. 19, Woolley said.

"They are not closing the plant at this time, but it's not good news for any of the affected employees or the employment situation in the city," Woolley said.

Pelco officials could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

Clovis-based Pelco was purchased by Schneider Electric in 2007. At that time, Pelco employed about 2,200 people in Clovis. The company now employs about 1,500.

This is the company's third round of layoffs this year. The company cut 30 jobs in April and more than 150 last year.

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