Invacare reduces workforce

Thursday, December 27, 2012

ELYRIA, Ohio – Invacare will lay off 143 employees due to a decline in production at its Taylor Street manufacturing facility here.

The decline in production is related to an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that requires Invacare to limit manufacturing and design activities at the facility until it is inspected and found in compliance with regulations through a third-party review.

[See also: Invacare settles with FDA]

“While we regret having to take this step, we recognize the need to align our workforce with our production volume,” stated Gerry Blouch, president and CEO, in a press release. “We value and respect the hard work that our associates demonstrate on a day-to-day basis and we will provide assistance to those affected to help them with the transition.”

Invacare employs 365 hourly employees at the facility. Of those, 222 will remain in their current roles or be reassigned to other roles across the Elyria campus.

The manufacturer expects to incur one-time restructuring charges not to exceed $1.25 million on a pre-tax basis due to the realignment.

After the realignment, Invacare will employ about 1,050 in northeastern Ohio and about 6,050 worldwide.