SC Johnson deepens Racine area job cuts

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RACINE, Wis. (AP) — SC Johnson is increasing the number of jobs cuts planned for the Racine area to 300 and possibly as high as 400, the consumer products giant said Friday.

Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson told employees of the revised job cuts Friday at company headquarters in Racine, The Journal Times (http://bit.ly/1cbJSPw ) reported.

In October, the maker of Pledge and Windex announced plans to cut 100 to 200 jobs in southeastern Wisconsin as it restructures and reduces its global workforce.

Company spokeswoman Jam Stewart said Friday the cuts include "voluntary and involuntary" position cuts, and some that'll be cut are currently open.

SC Johnson announced in October it was about to begin six months of planning to restructure the company worldwide, and wind up that planning in April. The actions themselves were expected to take place over the course of the company's next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

However, that timetable has been moved up at least in part. Some specific position cuts will be made known to employees Tuesday, Stewart said. SC Johnson is not saying how many positions will be cut that day. Employees affected Tuesday will stay on for about three weeks, Stewart said.

The 100 to 200 job estimate in October would have been about 3 percent to 6 percent of the company's Racine-area workforce of about 3,500. The revised numbers would mean SC Johnson job losses in the Racine area of about 8.5 percent to 11.5 percent.

During Friday's talk, Johnson reiterated that SCJ is a healthy business.

"It's not about cost-cutting," Stewart said of the speech. "This is about organizational redesign and growth for the long term."

Because the restructuring will be global, Johnson has been holding similar town hall-style employee meetings around the world, and taking employee questions, since October's announcement, Stewart said.

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Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

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