Illinois employers announced they would lay off more than 500 workers in the coming weeks, according to notices filed with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Specialty Foods Group Inc., meat manufacturer, said it would permanent lay off 250 workers in February from its Chicago plant where it makes Nathan's Famous hotdogs and other products. It did not give a reason for the layoffs.
OfficeMax Inc. said it would layoff an unspecified number of workers in April due to a relocation. In December, Office Depot opted to base its corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, after its November merger with OfficeMax. In a company memo obtained by the Tribune, the company said the move would mean the loss of about 1,600 workers in Illinois. About 400 workers here are expected to stay on after the combination.
Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, a Chicago-based health maintenance organization, said it would permanently layoff 105 workers at the end of March. It gave no reason for the layoffs.
The J.C. Penney at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale will layoff 127 workers when it closes its store. Layoffs will be completed by May 3.
Bensenville-based Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, a maker of architectural windows, storefront systems, doors, skylights and architectural glass, said it will permanently layoff 64 workers in the closing of a facility.
The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act requires employers to provide 60 days advance notice of pending plant closures or mass layoffs. The law applies to businesses with 75 or more employees, excluding part-time employees.
In supplementals to earlier WARN notices, Cardinal Health said it will layoff and additional 75 workers on March 8 and Methode Electronics and URS Energy and Construction revised their layoff schedules.