JLG Announces More Layoffs

JLG Industries, McConnellsburg, Pa., has announced its fourth round of layoffs since July 2008. This time, approximately 100 white-collar positions globally will be eliminated, according to Kirsten Skyba, vice president of global marketing. This brings JLG’s total workforce reduction to 1,500 positions since the downsizing began, a reduction of approximately one third of its entire team. The company currently has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide.

In addition, the company announced that it will require one week of unpaid leave from each of its non-production employees in North America before the end of March in an effort to minimize future layoffs. The company has previously furloughed production employees in an effort to align production with demand.

“We’ve already made significant reductions in our employment base as a result of the very difficult market conditions and their impact on demand for our product,” said Craig Paylor, JLG’s president and executive vice president of Oshkosh Corporation. “We’re requiring this one week of unpaid leave from North American non-production employees, including me and all other executives, with the hope that this reduces our need for layoffs during this recession.”

The company will schedule employee furloughs to minimize the impact on its customers, particularly in the areas of field service, technical support and aftermarket parts.