“GT Advanced Technologies Inc., which is trying to emerge from bankruptcy after losing its deal to supply scratch-resistant smartphone screens to Apple Inc., said Monday it was reducing its workforce by 40% in a bid to cut costs,” Patrick Fitzgerald reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The company, which had already laid off some 700 workers at a former Arizona sapphire-manufacturing facility, said the further cuts will save it $20 million a year and help it ‘right size’ its costs after exiting chapter 11, according to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manchester, N.H,” Fitzgerald reports. “The number of workers getting pink slips is unclear. A company spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment. GT Advanced had about 1,000 employees when it filed for bankruptcy in October.”
“A downsized GT Advanced still hopes to exit chapter 11 early next year. The New Hampshire-based company spent heavily to transform itself from a manufacturer of industrial equipment to a maker of sapphire screen material for Apple,” Fitzgerald reports. “However, the project struggled to produce a consistent level of sapphire at the quality demanded by Apple.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Sheesh, what a mess! Hopefully, they can emerge from bankruptcy a much stronger, much more focused company and can begin hiring and rehiring employees ASAP.
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