Albany - Masterfoods USA, better known as Mars in Albany, is laying off employees. At a meeting at the plant early Wednesday morning, employees were told the company is restructuring to become more competitive.
Twelve were told they no longer have jobs, and 20 more will receive pay cuts. At 7:15 Wednesday morning, workers file out of the Albany Mars plant wondering if they'll have a job to come back to tomorrow. One said, "Some good news for some people and going to be some sad news for other people."
Each employee was scheduled a time to meet with plant management. During the day, 12 of those workers were told they no longer have jobs. Jeff Harris said, "Essentially we have separated approximately 6% of the workforce and that has been communicated today."
That means the 6% of the 200 person workforce, 12 employees, were laid off. Twenty others will also receive pay cuts in what Mars refers to as downzoning. "This is a very very difficult decision for this site, for Mars Snackfood US and one we don't take lightly at all," said Research and Development Manager Jeff Harris. He says the job cuts and changes were made based on production needs at the Albany site.
Harris said, "The restructuring or the transformation itself is really more of a strategic long term business decision for the company in order to meet the business needs and our future business needs." And those former employees will be focused on their future needs.
The employees who lost their jobs today have been offered severance packages and career counseling. Those who received pay cuts will be eligible for other positions within the company in 18 months.