Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development received two WARN notifications. The first came from Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The letter explains that the company intends to permanently close its Neenah Nonwovens Facility. The facility is located at 1111 Henry Street in Neenah, Wisconsin. Kimberly-Clark is expected to begin eliminating positions between March 15 and March 29, 2019. Position eliminations are expected to continue until final closure on or around May 31, 2019.
None of the workers are represented by a union. Therefore, bumping rights do not exist. In total, roughly 74 employees will be impacted by the facility’s closure. The number of impacted employees is subject to change in the event that employees apply for and are offered positions at other company locations. The full WARN notification can be accessed here. Also, Petco Animal Supplies Stores Inc. submitted a WARN notice alerting the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that it would be carrying out a mass layoff.
The letter explains that Petco will be permanently closing all Drs. Foster and Smith operations with the exception of Live Aquaria. The facility in question is located at 2253 Air Park Road in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The closure is expected to be effective on March 10, 2019. As a result, it is anticipated that 289 employees will lose their employment during a two-week period commencing on March 10, 2019. The workers are not represented by a collective bargaining union and bumping rights do not exist.
The company cites a shift in consumer needs and preferences due to technology as a major driving factor behind the closure. It believes that the closure of Drs. Foster and Smith will enable it to streamline operations and better focus on its core business and customer. The WARN notification can be found here.