Back to News North Bay Nugget   Jennifer Hamilton-McCharles

Nov 17, 2019

   

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Epiroc trims North Bay management

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Epiroc has laid off eight ‘white-collar employees’ in North Bay and moved a small product line outside of the city.

General manager Jodie Velasquez told The Nugget Epiroc, formerly known as Atlas Copco, continues to adapt to changing business activity.

“Administration synergies were identified resulting in the layoff of eight white-collar employees. Additionally, production lines were reorganized.”

She said a small production line was moved out of the North Bay plant, while a new product line was introduced here.

Velasquez said each affected product line is within the general exploration line.

“There was no change in headcount related to this production mix change,” she said.

“We continue forward, offering strong customer service and quality products to ensure we meet and exceed our customer expectations.”

This isn’t the first time Epiroc has had to trim its workforce.

Last spring, the mining supply company reduced its payroll by 19 positions. Of those 19 employees, 18 were considered blue-collar workers.

At that time, there were still 72 employees employed at the Ferris Drive plant.

The reason for the layoffs was the company saw a significant slowdown of incoming orders. Epiroc said it waited as long as it could before issuing layoff notices, but couldn’t wait any longer.

It was hoping to be back up to 93 employees by the summer.

Epiroc is based in Stockholm, Sweden. However, the company has offices around the world. It offers products such as equipment for drilling

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