Mayor says layoffs may be temporary

Last Updated on May 26, 2016 by cassnetwork

LOGANSPORT – A Logansport manufacturer has laid off approximately 100 employees in a move related to one of its customers.

Charles Brown, director of operations for Cal-Comp on the Hoosier Heartland at Logansport’s southern edge, said the layoffs affect employees working on a line for one customer and its supply chain. Brown said some employees may resume working again for Cal-Comp again in October.

“We’re anxious to get back into production in this program,” he said Thursday afternoon. Brown said the decision was not based on the Logansport economic development efforts, taxes or utility rates, and is confined to one customer and not the remainder of Cal-Comp’s Logansport operations. “There is no quality or support issue at all.”

Cal-Comp owns a plant that was founded as Controls in Logansport. It is one of two American plants owned by Taiwan-based Cal-Comp. The other plant is in San Diego, Calif. The combined Cal-Comp global workforces total nearly 100,000 people.

Cal-Comp is a contract manufacturer that manufactures electronic circuit boards and sub-assemblies to customer specifications. Cal-Comp had been employing just over 400 employees locally before layoffs were initiated today.

Mayor Dave Kitchell said Cal-Comp’s overall investment in Logansport remains strong and he is optimistic that the plant will rebound from today’s news.

“Our hearts go out to the workers because this is the time of year when many of them are celebrating graduations or preparing for weddings,” he said. “It’s going to be a time of transition for them, and I will work with county officials to see what we can do, and I would hope that the state’s workforce development personnel will respond to their need and ours as a community to find temporary employment for those who may want to return to Cal-Comp and permanent employment for those who do not. There are many companies in Logansport looking for qualified, dedicated workers right now because there is a shortage of people who are willing and able to be successful manufacturing employees.”

The layoffs are the largest since the Carter Fuel Systems layoffs announced last year. Kitchell said Carter’s workforce has increased since the first of the year.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell