ELYRIA — Invacare laid off 25 more employees at its Taylor Street facility, bringing the number of employees who lost a job there to 235 since December, according to Invacare spokeswoman Lara Mahoney.
The layoffs were made Thursday, and Mahoney said they are permanent. The company provided transition assistance to the affected employees, such as pay, benefits and help finding a new position.
Mahoney said the reduction of manufacturing associates — most hourly employees — was made to meet the company’s production needs, which have shrunk since a federal consent decree.
The decree ordered Invacare Corp. to work with the Food and Drug Administration after the FDA halted design, manufacture and distribution of manual and power wheelchairs and components at its Taylor Street facility. The order was made after the FDA found violations of quality control regulations.
Mahoney said the company is making progress on regulations ordered by the consent degree. The company has completed two out of three independent audits that are required to resume full production at the facility. The FDA also will have to complete its own audit and inspection under the terms of the consent degree.
Mahoney said the decision to lay off the employees wasn’t an easy one for the company.
“These are top-rate associates, and these decisions are difficult to make,” she said.
Mahoney said there are 115 employees left at the Taylor Street facility.
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