Arvato Digital Services cuts a dozen jobs

Arvato Digital Services laid off dozens of workers Thursday and Friday, following a slump in demand for CDs and DVDs after filling Christmas orders.

The company eliminated one of three shifts in disc production, according to Greg Brown, human resources director for the plant here. Brown didn’t have a total number of workers affected by the layoffs, since some were taking retirement packages. Brown said at least 50 workers would be cut.

“The physical media industry has been suffering a downturn for the last number of years with the advent of Kindles and digital downloads,” Brown said.

The company has laid off workers in previous Decembers after fulfilling orders from retailers for the holiday season.

“These layoffs look like the natural ebb and flow of business rather than any strategic change,” said Ben Teague, executive director of the Economic Development Coalition of Asheville-Buncombe County.

Meanwhile, Arvato is still hiring other workers to staff a new call center at its Weaverville facility, Brown said. Last December, Arvato, a worldwide digital service provider, unveiled plans to create 408 jobs and invest $1.8 million in improvements to the facility in the next three years.

The company, formally Sonopress, has been operating in Weaverville for 25 years and employs 575 workers locally.

Currently, the company provides a wide range of comprehensive services in gaming, IT, video and audio sectors and has more than 60,000 employees in 35 countries.

Source: Citizen Times