Phillips-Medisize to lay off hundreds of workers in Wisconsin

Over 200 employees are being laid off between July and the end of 2023 at the company’s locations in Hudson and Medford.
Over 200 employees are being laid off between July and the end of the year at the company’s...
Over 200 employees are being laid off between July and the end of the year at the company’s locations in Hudson and Medford.(WCAX)
Published: Aug. 18, 2022 at 11:58 AM CDT
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HUDSON, Wis. (WEAU) - Phillips-Medisize is in the process of laying off potentially hundreds of workers at its facilities in Hudson and Medford.

Citing “an unforeseeable change in Phillips’ business circumstances,” the company said that it already permanently laid off 96 workers on July 12 at the St. Croix Meadows facility in Hudson.

In a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in July, the company said that it did not know if the total number of employees being laid off would exceed 25% of the facility’s total workers, but wrote that the letter served as notice of a possible mass layoff event. Phillips cited an unexpected loss in production when a major customer told the company they were requesting “a substantial reduction” in their demand, which triggered the layoffs. If the customer completely stops orders, the facility could lay off approximately 225 additional employees in Hudson.

The letter stated that because of the change in business circumstances beyond the company’s control, they were not able to give 60 days’ notice to all affected employees, but would give as much notice as possible. Phillips also said they are sharing lists of open positions within the company to laid off employees.

Additionally, the company’s Medford plant will close by the end of 2023, which will affect 170 employees there. Production would shift from Medford to Phillips, the company said.

correction: An earlier version of the article indicated 225 additional Hudson facility employees would be laid off by October 12; the company said in the letter that layoffs are possible if production needs change.

clarification: An earlier version of the article indicated hundreds of employees would be laid off at the company's Hudson facility; the total number of affected employees between the Hudson and Medford locations is 266. An earlier version said that the layoffs would only occur in Hudson.

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