GECOM layoffs begin in December

By Charlie Pearl Published:

There will be layoffs in mid-December at GECOM, an automotive parts supplier employing 185 in Frankfort, the company says.

The entire facility – in Industrial Park 3– will not close, according to an Oct. 14 letter to employees from company President Makoto Sakamoto.

A copy of the letter was provided anonymously to The State Journal.

The letter says, “As you know, both the national and local economies have been struggling and the automotive industry has been especially hard hit. It is because of these difficulties, and after much consideration, the company has decided to reduce its workforce at the Frankfort facility.

“Separations will begin during the two week period beginning Dec. 15…Based on information available at this time, GECOM anticipates that the layoffs will be permanent.”

The letter says there’s no union involvement at this facility, “and there are no seniority/bumping rights during this process.

“GECOM is appreciative of the loyalty and dedication of all its associates and regrets the difficulties you may experience as a result of this layoff.”

The letter said employees should contact Deb Ybarra, human resources senior manager, at the corporate office in Greensburg, Ind., for further information.

Franklin County Judge-Executive Ted Collins said today his office hasn’t been notified about the layoffs.


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