Roughly 50 Machens detailers to transition to new company

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, October 25 2016 Oct 25, 2016 Tuesday, October 25, 2016 3:20:00 PM CDT October 25, 2016 in News
By: Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — An estimated 50 Joe Machens detailers will have the option to transition to a new company, they were informed on Monday.

There is confusion amongst the detailers in Columbia as to whether or not this means they will have a job past a two-week trial period with the new company. The trial period begins Nov. 1.

Multiple employees reached out to KOMU and said they were laid off Monday morning and placed the number of layoffs company-wide at around 120. However, Joe Machens Marketing Director Michele Cropp said that "just isn't true."

Cropp said roughly 50 detailers were informed they could opt into the trial period with a new company that has partnered with Joe Machens. She did not know whether or not the new company could choose to keep the employees after those two weeks. 

Timothy Gross, a Machens Automotive Group detailer informed about the opt-in Monday, said his understanding was that the new company could make a hiring decision after the two weeks. 

"They told us starting on November 1, we could do this two-week trial with the new company. But that seems like sort of a bad deal, because we have no idea if they're going to keep us after the two weeks or not," Gross said. 

Another employee, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the detailers are required to work until November 1, the day they would start with the new company, in order to ensure receiving benefits. 

"I came in today to collect benefits, and they told me I have to work until next Tuesday to collect any," he said. 

Cropp emphasized that this is not a mass layoff. She said other than normal hiring and firing at the company, nobody aside from detailers has been let go. But even the detailers have been offered an opportunity with the new company. She said she believes the rumors about layoffs being roughly 120 people originated with a couple of disgruntled employees who were unhappy about the change.

Cropp did not have the name of the new company readily available, but said it is not part of the McLarty group, which owns Joe Machens dealerships in Columbia.

[Editors note: This story has been updated for clarity.]

More News

Grid
List
ELDON - Police in Eldon arrested a suspect Wednesday for an assault at a barber shop last week. Officers... More >>
45 minutes ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:46:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Authorities said they were looking for a man near Vandiver Drive who was considered armed and dangerous. ... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County emergency officials are getting some new digs. Crews will soon move into a new... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:55:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - People in mid-Missouri are doing whatever it takes to stay cool during the summer. That includes trash... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Four years after Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill co-sponsored legislation targeting tax havens such as the Cayman... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:49:00 PM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A judge has turned down a Ferguson lawmaker's attempt to run for a seat in the... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 9:36:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo has welcomed a baby giraffe. Zoo officials announced Tuesday that Beau was... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 7:18:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — St. Louis County authorities say a 70-year-old Green Park woman died from heat-related issues when her home's... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:29:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
KIRKWOOD (AP) — A 71-year-old St. Louis man and his adult son are both charged with assault for allegedly beating... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 6:02:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Harry S. Truman VA Hospital is building a home to ease the burden of travel for veterans... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 3:00:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
FAYETTE - City leaders are working toward a solution for its volunteer-based fire department. The Fayette Board of Aldermen... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, June 20 2018 Jun 20, 2018 Wednesday, June 20, 2018 12:44:00 AM CDT June 20, 2018 in News
NEW BLOOMFIELD - New Bloomfield citizens are looking for answers after yet another city council meeting was canceled Tuesday. ... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:40:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Ryan Lee Gehris said he’s always loved to ride his bike. Lately, that hobby has turned... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:39:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
MEXICO - The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested two people and accused them of child abuse in Mexico, Missouri, following... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 5:31:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
MOBERLY - The Moberly Police Department has a new directory for people with autism, but some people think it shouldn't... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:49:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – Crews recently broke ground on a new hog farm in Callaway County, and locals have strong opinions... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:06:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church have issued a formal church complaint against Attorney... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:01:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Radio Television Digital News Association has named KOMU.com best website in a small market for the second... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, June 19 2018 Jun 19, 2018 Tuesday, June 19, 2018 2:48:00 PM CDT June 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 93°
5pm 81°
6pm 80°
7pm 78°
8pm 75°