With word that German-based company Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics will be laying off some 15,000 employees over the next year comes news that the Brookfield manufacturing center will be closing its doors and consolidating with another branch.
According to a company spokesman, most of the 300 local employees at the Brookfield location on Silvermine Road will be included in the layoffs.
Public Relations Manager Susan Drew confirmed Monday that the Brookfield site will be closed down in three phases, with the first beginning in late 2014 and the third scheduled to finish by the end of 2016.
The factory’s operations — manufacturing instruments used in medical labs — will be consolidated with the company’s Flanders, N.J. branch.
“Employees will be offered separation and outplacement benefits, as well as the opportunity to apply for other positions within the Siemens organization, including positions in Flanders,” Drew said, adding that the “decision was made to further strengthen our processes, increase productivity and better serve our customers.”
The 15,000 projected layoffs represents some 4 percent of the company’s 370,000 employees worldwide, according to USA Today.