American LaFrance LLC said it planned to temporarily furlough up to 100 hourly production and salaried personnel from Dec. 17 to Jan. 14 to improve production flow.
In a statement issued Dec. 11, the Summerville, S.C.-based company said its intention was to have all employees return to their same positions and wages. Throughout the furlough period, the manufacturer said employees would continue to receive all health insurance benefits and would be eligible for unemployment benefits as well.
In addition, the company said its satellite facilities in Hamburg, N.Y., Ephrata, Pa., and Sanford, Fla., would have an extended holiday shutdown from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31. During the temporary furlough, American LaFrance said an effort would be made to conduct a complete physical inventory. Additionally, it said a significant effort would be placed on aligning all systems from production, finance, and engineering to produce sustainable results.
“This temporary furlough is necessary to re-boot the company and position American LaFrance for a successful 2008,” said company President and CEO Bill Hinz. “While it pains me to implement this strategy, this short-term move gives us a chance to reset our work-in-progress priorities and return to an on-time delivery schedule. By having a firm grasp on our manufacturing parts needs, we can better manage our run rate and give our customers and suppliers a more consistent schedule.”
He said he is committed to upholding the high standards expected of the company by its customers and employees.
American LaFrance, which has built fire and rescue apparatus since 1832, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive line of fire and emergency apparatus including chassis, aerials, ambulances, pumpers, rescues, tankers and wildland vehicles. The company also manufactures a line of vocational vehicles under the Condor brand.
For information call 888-253-8725 or go to www.americanlafrance.com.