Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Friday, 16 November 2012 12:01
PERRYSBURG - Glassmaker Owens-Illinois has laid off 25 workers from their world headquarters.
According to Stephanie Johnston, an O-I spokesperson, the employees were notified of the layoffs Wednesday.
There are more than 1,000 workers at the headquarters, and the layoffs amount to just shy of three percent of the workforce there.
The positions, she said, were in the engineering division as well as various administrative capabilities.
Johnston indicated that O-I constantly re-evaluates its "human capital needs" and additionally needed to reduce some costs at the company. She was unable to say how much the layoffs would save O-I, but stated "there are a number of tactics we take throughout the year to manage costs."
She said that before the positions were eliminated, attempts were made to determine if the employees could be reassigned to other areas.
She could not state when or if another round of layoffs might take place, but said that O-I is "constantly evaluating" its needs.
Founded in 1903, O-I moved its headquarters from Toledo to its Perrysburg campus, near Levis Commons, six years ago. Currently the world's top glass packaging manufacturer, the company operates 81 plants in 21 countries, employing 24,000 people.
Owens-Illinois had net sales of $7.4 billion last year.