Coleman layoffs 40-50 employees

The Coleman Co. on Friday confirmed that it has made the “difficult but necessary decision” to lay off some of its work force in Wichita.

The company says the layoffs affect a “small number of positions,” but a company spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to the question of exactly how many.

KWCH News has reported the number could be between 40 and 50.

In an email statement, Coleman also confirmed the sale of its Maize cylinder manufacturing plant to Ohio-based Worthington Industries    .

Worthington says the purchase will not impact employment at the Maize facility.

Here is Coleman’s statement:

The Coleman Company, Inc. recently announced a restructuring of its global workforce to improve overall competitiveness. As a result of this initiative, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to eliminate a small number of positions.  All impacted employees have been informed and Coleman is providing these individuals with transition assistance and is treating each fairly, in a manner consistent with Coleman policies.

Additionally, Coleman has made the strategic decision to divest the propane cylinder manufacturing business located in Maize, Kansas to Worthington Industries, allowing the company to focus on other areas of growth. Worthington will continue to manufacture propane cylinders at the Maize facility and market them under the Coleman name.

Coleman is committed to accelerating international expansion and solidifying Coleman’s position as a global outdoor recreation leader.  Importantly, Coleman is committed to continuing our investment in our Kansas based enterprises.  In accordance with these goals, Coleman announced in October a multi-million dollar capital investment focused on enhancing the company’s U.S.-based manufacturing in Wichita and New Braunfels, Texas.

Source: Biz Journals