3M Lays Off 240
3M says it wants to become more efficient, shorten its supply chain, and be closer to customers. In order to do so it needs to move the manufacturing of certain products to plants in Singapore and California.
Plant manager David Robinson says all employees will have two months notice. And Robinson expects most jobs to be phased out by the end of 2007.
"You know we have folks who have done an extraordinary job in a very tough business," says Robinson. "Competing globally in the electronics industry in mid Missouri is a huge challenge as the customers and competition have moved east. Nevertheless this plant has done a superb job of doing that. At this point, though, it's clear that based on where our business is going and the flexible products line, specifically, we'll need to consolidate in the plants closer to our customers."
This cut comes almost a year after 3M laid off 46 employees in November of 2006. Officials say that 3M has no plans for future lay offs.
Laid off employees can apply for other jobs within 3M. There are plants in Springfield and Nevada Missouri.
Also, the Missouri rapid response team will be available to help workers learn new skills, write resumes and find new jobs.