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Abbott Deals Another Round of Temecula Layoffs

Abbott Vascular, one of the Temecula area's largest employers, issued layoff notices to a couple hundred employees Wednesday.

One of the Temecula Valley's largest employers, Abbott, laid off approximately 200 employees this week.

The affected employees received their notices Wednesday, an Abbott spokesperson confirmed late Thursday.

"In January, Abbott communicated that it was making adjustments to improve efficiencies in its vascular work force and to better meet evolving business needs," said Abbott Spokesperson Jonathan Hamilton, in an emailed response to Patch.

The company, which employs about 3,000 at the Temecula site, had previously laid off 300 in January from the facility.

"At that time we said that there would be several hundred employees in Temecula impacted over the course of the year. A couple hundred positions in Temecula were impacted yesterday, primarily as part of the previously communicated adjustments from January," Hamilton said.

The positions affected were largely in manufacturing, he said.

Abbott Laboratories has divisions in pharmaceuticals, medical products and nutritional products. The Temecula location specializes in the company's vascular devices.

In January, the company said the layoffs were due to anticipated declines in orders for the Promus cardiovascular stent, which Abbott makes in partnership with Boston Scientific.

Abbott is offering assistance to help impacted employees, he said. This includes: consideration for vacant positions within Abbott facilities; severance benefits, including pay and benefits; and outplacement assistance in finding new positions outside of the company, he said.

As to whether more layofffs are possible, Hamilton said: "These are the actions we are taking at this time. We regularly review and make adjustments to our work force to meet the needs of the business. We won't speculate on future actions."

5150 October 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Quit crying over spilled milk
Ronnie Jones October 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
California is not for you, Leave!!
Kathy West October 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
While I was on a road trip last week in Canada/Montana/Wyoming, I talked to a young man who lived in Montana. Originally from Las Vegas, he decided he wanted to live a more outdoors type of life style. He said, the jobs are out there; it has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It has to do with how hard you want to work and what jobs you will take. At the time, he was running a store part of the day, cleaning carpets, helping store owners in the off season putting in new carpeting, building shelves, and whatever else they needed done. He said, I don't whine, I shut my mouth and do the job and for now, I'm living in a beautiful town and making money.
jason stenson November 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
well henry im working in abbott vascular in clonmel ireland and i can tell you theyre laying off 155 people next week with possibly another 400 in march 2013 ,so i doubt its the "cheaper labor" thats causing this problem
Brenda November 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
This is what I understand is going on with Abbott. They are laying off in medium to small groups as they are planning and building(I think they are in the building stage) new offices and plants in Mexico. They should be moved in about a year. Wonder if the City of Temecula knows this yet? They make a good chunk of change off of them. Someone up top is insinuating it might be Ireland, but from what I found out it is definately Mexico. I guess we will see what leads are right and it will be a sad day to see another large company leave the state, not just for another state in the USA but Mexico.

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