Central Moloney lays off more workers

Central Moloney Inc. recently ordered another round of layoffs, affecting between 40 and 50 employees, according to a spokesman.

Chris Hart, vice president for personnel and community relations at the electric transformer manufacturer, said that the company is looking at more than product quality to keep its sales up.

“I have always said that we would always be looking for ways to stay competitive and to hold our position in the market,” Hart said. “We have to look for ways to be leaner and more efficient. The most recent layoffs we incurred 10 days ago are a direct result of trying to be more efficient and deliver a cost-effective product to our customers.”

Hart said that management continues to work with the employee union — International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1658 — to arrange layoffs so that those who have been on the job the shortest period of time are the first to be affected.

“Our goal is to keep the most senior employees here because they’ve earned it and because they are the most knowledgeable,” Hart said. “We do this in cooperation with the union to minimize the disruption to and displacement of individuals and to maximize our potential. This is a major component of our collective bargaining agreement with the local. It has been in place for many, many years.

“We are in a price-driven market where there is a lot of capacity still available which means that we must offer competitive pricing in addition to a quality product,” Hart said. “That means exploring methods for efficiency both inside our walls and outside of them.”

Before the most recent action, the company laid off 80 employees in early February.