Wran­gler Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter in Lu­ray cut­ting 80 jobs

‘This is never some­thing a com­mu­nity wants to hear’

Rappahannock News - - Front Page - By John McCaslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Some 80 peo­ple will lose their jobs in mid-Au­gust at Lu­ray’s Wran­gler Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter, which sup­ports the Wran­gler brand in North Amer­ica.

That ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Kon­toor Brands, a newly formed com­pany that has taken over the Wran­gler, Lee, and Rock & Repub­lic cloth­ing brands. Last Au­gust, pre­vi­ous owner VF Cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced it was sep­a­rat­ing into two in­de­pen­dent, pub­licly traded com­pa­nies: VF Cor­po­ra­tion would concentrat­e specif­i­cally on global ap­parel and footwear, while Kon­toor would ab­sorb VF’s Jean­swear Brands, in­clud­ing Wran­gler.

The sep­a­ra­tion was com­pleted in late May.

As part of the process to sep­a­rate, VF dur­ing the past sev­eral months un­der­took a strate­gic anal­y­sis of Kon­toor’s global sup­ply chain oper­a­tions. The lay­offs in Lu­ray now come on the heels of that anal­y­sis, which eval­u­ated how and where re­sources are be­ing de­ployed to en­sure they “are al­lo­cated to the ar­eas that best en­able us to meet the de­mands of our cus­tomers and con­sumers and to sup­port the strate­gic pri­or­i­ties of our new com­pany.” The new ap­proach, says Kon­toor, will al­low the com­pany to “more ef­fi­ciently uti­lize our re­sources and concentrat­e our ef­forts to­ward op­por­tu­ni­ties that will en­able fu­ture growth.” On the down side, the com­pany says the anal­y­sis “led us to make the de­ci­sion to wind down the sec­ond shift at our Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter (DC) in Lu­ray. Un­for­tu­nately, this de­ci­sion will re­sult in the elim­i­na­tion of about 80 po­si­tions in the sec­ond shift by mid-Au­gust.” Kon­toor stresses that it is “com­mit­ted” to con­tin­u­ing its oper­a­tions in Lu­ray, adding its dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in down­town Lu­ray “will re­main open” As part of the process to sep­a­rate, VF dur­ing the past sev­eral months un­der­took a strate­gic anal­y­sis of Kon­toor’s global sup­ply chain oper­a­tions. The lay­offs in Lu­ray now come on the heels of that anal­y­sis, which eval­u­ated how and where re­sources are be­ing de­ployed to en­sure they “are al­lo­cated to the ar­eas that best en­able us to meet the de­mands of our cus­tomers and con­sumers and to sup­port the strate­gic pri­or­i­ties of our new com­pany.” The new ap­proach, says Kon­toor, will al­low the com­pany to “more ef­fi­ciently uti­lize our re­sources and concentrat­e our ef­forts to­ward op­por­tu­ni­ties that will en­able fu­ture growth.” On the down side, the com­pany says the anal­y­sis “led us to make the de­ci­sion to wind down the sec­ond shift at our Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter (DC) in Lu­ray. Un­for­tu­nately, this de­ci­sion will re­sult in the elim­i­na­tion of about 80 po­si­tions in the sec­ond shift by mid-Au­gust.” Kon­toor stresses that it is “com­mit­ted” to con­tin­u­ing its oper­a­tions in Lu­ray, adding its dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter in down­town Lu­ray “will re­main open”

PHO­TOS BY JOHN MCCASLIN

Per­haps for nostalgic sake, an older semi-trailer re­mains parked at one of the nu­mer­ous load­ing docks of Lu­ray’s ex­pan­sive Wran­gler Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter, which will elim­i­nate 80 po­si­tions in mid-Au­gust.

Lu­ray Town Man­ager Steve Burke

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.