Pomona pool supply maker to shutter, laying off 257 as it relocates out of state

Another California firm is leaving California.  Yes, we will lose “only” 257 jobs.  A little here, a little there and we are in a recession.  How many vendors jobs will now be lost?

“Hayward Industries, a manufacturer of swimming pool and spa supplies, will close its Pomona facility and relocate operations to other states, laying off more than 200 employees in the process.

According to a Dec. 3 letter received by city officials, Hayward will begin winding down operations at its assembly plant and distribution center Feb. 3, 2020. The 300,000-square-foot operation at 2875 Pomona Blvd., adjacent to Highway 57, will shutter permanently Oct. 1, 2020.

A total of 257 employees will be affected by the shutdown. Layoffs are scheduled to start Feb. 3, when 19 jobs are eliminated. More layoffs are scheduled for April 1 and June 1, with the bulk of the terminations falling between Aug. 3 and Oct. 1.”

We are losing the California middle class.  It is a suicide, not a murder—we are doing it to ourselves.

Pomona pool supply maker to shutter, laying off 257 as it relocates out of state

Layoffs are scheduled to start Feb. 3, with the bulk of the terminations falling between Aug. 3 and Oct. 1, 2020.

By Jack Katzanek, SoCal News Group,  12/10/19   

Hayward Industries, a manufacturer of swimming pool and spa supplies, will close its Pomona facility and relocate operations to other states, laying off more than 200 employees in the process.

According to a Dec. 3 letter received by city officials, Hayward will begin winding down operations at its assembly plant and distribution center Feb. 3, 2020. The 300,000-square-foot operation at 2875 Pomona Blvd., adjacent to Highway 57, will shutter permanently Oct. 1, 2020.

A total of 257 employees will be affected by the shutdown. Layoffs are scheduled to start Feb. 3, when 19 jobs are eliminated. More layoffs are scheduled for April 1 and June 1, with the bulk of the terminations falling between Aug. 3 and Oct. 1.

Brian Scott, the facility’s manager, said the Pomona assembly plant and distribution center has become too small to meet Hayward’s needs. The distribution operation will shift a facility in Arizona. The company also looked at locations in New Mexico and Texas, he said.

The bulk of the company’s manufacturing business in Pomona will be moved to an existing plant in North Carolina, one of six other factories Hayward has across the U.S.

Scott, in a telephone interview, called the move “a strategic decision” based on space.

“The size of the facility is the thing that limits us,” he said of the Pomona operation. “It was not tied to the performance of the operation.”

According to the Dec. 3 letter, sent to California’s Employment Development Department and copied to Pomona and Los Angeles County officials, employees were told of the pending closure July 9 and were offered the opportunity to apply for Hayward jobs in other states.

Also, a small number of jobs in California are available for qualified employees willing to work remotely.

As of Dec.3, 30 workers have said they would relocate, and eight others have been offered remote positions, according to the letter.

Hayward, a 94-year-old company based in Elizabethtown, N.J., makes items such as pool pumps, filters, heaters, pool cleaners, lighting and other items sold at retailers in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and along the Pacific Rim.

Kirk Pelser, Pomona’s deputy city manager, said the company’s decision to leave California is a tough one for the city and well as for Los Angeles County and California. County officials, as well as the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., are aware of the pending job losses and are looking at options for workers.

“We’re hopeful that a significant business will move into that space,” Pelser said. “I know that talks are going on with a potential user.”

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