Says Layoffs Will Eliminate Redundancy; Manufacturing Operations Also
April 1, 2009
Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) issued a statement today regarding this
week's layoffs, and attributes the layoffs to several goals, including
an elimination of redundancy in the company. (CLICK
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"These decisions were taken with three objectives in mind: First,
to improve efficiency, speed and decision making; to get key management
decision makers engaged closer to where the work is being done by flattening
the organization with greater spans of control; and finally, to eliminate
redundant layers of management, bureaucracy and waste," says James
D. Wiggins, chairman and chief executive officer.
Management in the areas of finance, human resources and systems; manufacturing
operations and engineering under the company's chief operating officer;
and leaders responsible for the company's automotive-OEM, automotive replacement
glass (ARG) and services businesses now will report directly to Wiggins.
In addition, the company made several promotions in the course of the
organization. Gary Eilers was promoted to vice president and general manager
of the company's services business; he will now handle LYNX Services,
the Prostars Alliance Network and the GTS/Glaxis operations. Marc Talbert
will now serve as vice president and general Manager of PGW's ARG business
unit with responsibility for all aftermarket glass operations. Jim Shepherd
was appointed vice president and general manager of the company's automotive-OEM
business with responsibility for sales, marketing, design, program management
and advanced product development.
PGW's separate staff marketing function also was eliminated, and various
business unit leaders will now be responsible for the advanced development
and marketing of their products and services, according to today's statement.
At the manufacturing level, each of the company's four satellite operations
managers will report to the plant manager of the fabrication plant responsible
for the majority of product flowing through the satellite to the customer.
The company's separate satellite management structure was eliminated.
The automotive replacement glass business also was restructured and PGW
has combined the U.S. and Canadian branch operations and Chillicothe operations.
Branch managers now will report to regional managers, who in turn will
report directly to the vice president and general manager of ARG. Regional
and branch managers will be responsible for developing business in their
for the full text of the statement from PGW.
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