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HTI making layoffs in Eau Claire this week


Eau Claire (WQOW) - HTI started making layoffs Wednesday in Eau Claire.

The company would not say how many are being made, but Eau Claire's economic development director has said he's heard more than 200 layoffs could be made in Eau Claire over the next nine months. HTI's cutbacks are part of a restructuring plan. The company is cutting its U.S. workforce by 30 to 40 percent and consolidating some manufacturing operations from Minnesota with operations in Eau Claire.

Wednesday, WQOW News 18 spoke with a man who's worked for the company for 13 years. He said he was given about a five-week severance. He said it was frustrating because, according to him, you give everything you had for 13 years and just like that you're out the door.

Minnesota's governor recently met with the CEO to talk about the company's decision to consolidate operations in Eau Claire and Thailand. Governor Dayton says he was told there was nothing Minnesota could've done to prevent it. HTI calls it a shift of the customer base from 100 percent American to 98 percent Asian.

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