Illinois firms in May announced 2100 layoffs
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois employers in May announced more than 2,100 layoffs, marking the second time this year the monthly Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification report topped 2,000.
Under a 2004 Illinois law, employers with 75 or more full-time workers must notify the state 60 days in advance of any impending layoffs and company closures.
Ten companies last month notified the state that 2,126 workers will be affected by the layoffs, including 667 employees at Butterball’s bacon processing plant in Montgomery south of Aurora.
Butterball, which will close its doors for good by July 17, cited “changing market conditions” for the closure. Company officials said some affected workers will be transferred to other facilities; there are no other Butterball-owned processing plants in Illinois
Central Grocers, Inc., a wholesaler that supplies more than 400 independent grocery stores, announced it is laying off 550 people in the Chicago area. The Chicago Tribune has reported the company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after being in business for more than a century.
Other major layoffs announced included:
— 258 at Kellogg Co.’s distribution center in Woodridge
— 135 at General Electric’s lamp plant in Mattoon
— 96 at Kmart in Bloomingdale
— 87 at JCPenney’s in Woodridge
— 84 at Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois’ program in Addison.
In March, employers announced 2,573 layoffs, the most since November 2015.