Thursday morning, Toa of Winchester, announced the permanent layoff of 56 of its employees or approximately 20% of their current workforce. Both hourly and salary employees were in the mix of the company’s layoffs.
Eric Fields, Vice President of Toa of Winchester, explained the layoff. “Based on corporate restructuring, careful evaluation of our product mix, plant roles and responsibilities, we were forced to reassess our workforce.” Fields went on to say, “After the restructuring, our management team decided we just had too many employees and needed to remove some of our employees to be in a better economic position.”
“Due to no fault of the employee, we just had to let go of good people. It’s so unfortunate. But on the good side we have been in talks with several companies in Randolph and surrounding counties that are looking for strong employees and we are excited that there has been a huge response in wanting to talk to our skilled employees. We have no doubt that many of the employees will find employment in the county or very close to home.”
Randolph Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Greg Beumer stated, “Myself and Winchester Mayor Shon Byrum met with Toa executives on Wednesday night to discuss the layoff. They explained their situation and I have no doubt that Toa’s management team will use this as a way to take the company further and become stronger in their designated field of operations.” Beumer understood that with the economic ups and downs in business these days, unfortunate situations like this occur. He too was hopeful with the response from area employers that were interested in hiring the employees.
Fields did say that there is 0% of talks of closure of the factory, formerly known as Marujun, and that they will continue to stay in Winchester as a strong supporter and employer of the area.
All employees were offered a severance package but Fields declined to say what they package contained.
In December of 2016, Marujun became of Toa of Winchester, a division of Toa of Japan. Beginning with over 300 employees as Toa, but with technological improvements, attrition of employees and job roles, the company is now the employer of over 200 people currently.
TOA Winchester, LLC is a 450k+ square foot facility manufacturing automotive parts in Winchester, Indiana. The company produces Tier II stamped, welded, and assembled parts.