Yankee Candle parent company to lay off some workers

Layoffs to affect less than 1% of overall workforce, Newell Brands says

A sign for Yankee Candle corporate Headquarters in South Deerfield is seen here in a WWLP file image from 2014.

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The parent company of South Deerfield-based Yankee Candle has announced a plan to consolidate some of their business divisions, and that could result in some layoffs company-wide. Newell Brands intends to create 16 new operating divisions out of their existing 32 brands.

In a statement sent to 22News, Newell Brands says that the plan is designed to grow the company, and that the total losses will be less than 1% of the company’s overall workforce.

“We thank our impacted colleagues for their service. We are committed to treating them fairly and helping them transition as smoothly as possible,” the statement reads.

It is not clear how many job losses, if any, there will be at Yankee Candle in Franklin County.

Daniel Rivera of Westfield told 22News that he is concerned about the workers.

“It would be very awful for anyone to lose their jobs, especially in the Christmas season or outside the Christmas season. They’re hard working people,” Rivera said.

Yankee Candle was founded in 1969 by Holyoke native Michael Kittredge. They now have more than 560 stores nationwide, including their flagship store on Routes 5 & 10 in South Deerfield.

Here is the complete statement from Newell Brands:

“Newell Brands recently announced a new strategic framework, the Growth Game Plan, that included a simplification of the company’s structure from 32 legacy business units into 16 global operating divisions.  This week, we are announcing the design and staffing of several of these new divisions, with a focus on driving accelerated growth over time.  While the vast majority of our employees will either continue in their current roles or assume new or expanded roles, unfortunately, there also will be some job reductions, representing far less than 1% of our total workforce.  We thank our impacted colleagues for their service.  We are committed to treating them fairly and helping them transition as smoothly as possible.  Over time, we expect that our plans for growth will enable us to expand employment in many of our priority business areas.”