HARVEY INDUSTRIES’ WABASH PLANT, located at 3837 Mill Street, recently laid off 143 employees, comprising more than two-thirds of their workforce. (photo by Eric Stearley)
by Eric Stearley
On Jan. 6, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development received a notice from Harvey Industries announcing that effective Dec. 31, 2014, it had laid off 141 hourly employees and two salaried employees from its Wabash plant due to "unforeseeable business circumstances." Less than one third of the plant’s staff is still employed.
The Wabash plant is only the most recent large-scale reduction of Harvey Industry’s workforce. In November 2013, the company laid off 157 employees at its Aiken, S.C., plant. Last year, the company closed a plant in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, leaving only the Wabash plant and the corporate office in Livonia, Mich.
The layoffs follow a decision by two large, corporate customers not to renew their contracts in 2015.