Local manufacturer lays off more workers

95 employees let go in second round of layoffs

WESTFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Savage Arms is letting go of 95 employees after its parent company, ATK Sporting, announced that it will be downsizing their workforce.

These layoffs are the second round of layoffs in less than a year.

In April of this year, 37 employees were handed pink slips.

Savage Arms is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of hunting rifles and shotguns, and many are surprised that the company has decided to lay even more employees off, taking away more jobs from people in Westfield.

The company has been making these hunting rifles for more than 100 years.

But more than those from Westfield being laid off. The company said it will also lay off 25 employees at their other facility in Lakefield, Ontario.

In a statement sent to 22News, company President Jay Tibbets said, “Calendar year 2014 represented the industry’s single largest growth year in history, largely driven by consumer surge buying. We responded to that demand by increasing production capacity and expanding our workforce. Unfortunately, we must now right size our operations to remain efficient and competitive as consumer demand retracts.”

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