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Big Southwest Riverside County Employer Issues Layoffs

Abbott Vascular in Temecula, one of the area's largest employers, issued layoff notices to a couple hundred employees Wednesday.

One of Southwest Riverside County's largest employers, Abbott Vascular in Temecula, laid off approximately 200 employees this week.

The affected employees received their notices Wednesday, an Abbott spokesperson confirmed late Thursday.

"In January, Abbott communicated that it was making adjustments to improve efficiencies in its vascular work force and to better meet evolving business needs," said Abbott Spokesperson Jonathan Hamilton, in an emailed response to Patch.

The company, which employs about 3,000 at the Temecula site, had previously laid off 300 in January from the facility.

"At that time we said that there would be several hundred employees in Temecula impacted over the course of the year. A couple hundred positions in Temecula were impacted yesterday, primarily as part of the previously communicated adjustments from January," Hamilton said.

The positions affected were largely in manufacturing, he said.

Abbott Laboratories has divisions in pharmaceuticals, medical products and nutritional products. The Temecula location specializes in the company's vascular devices.

In January, the company said the layoffs were due to anticipated declines in orders for the Promus cardiovascular stent, which Abbott makes in partnership with Boston Scientific.

Abbott is offering assistance to help impacted employees, he said. This includes: consideration for vacant positions within Abbott facilities; severance benefits, including pay and benefits; and outplacement assistance in finding new positions outside of the company, he said.

As to whether more layofffs are possible, Hamilton said: "These are the actions we are taking at this time. We regularly review and make adjustments to our work force to meet the needs of the business. We won't speculate on future actions."

Roberto October 20, 2012 at 04:37 AM
She suffers from congenative heart disease. She's had angioplasty about 25 years ago, 1st stint about 15 years ago and the 2nd & 3rd stint about 10 years ago.
KR October 20, 2012 at 05:12 AM
We didn't almost- WE DID go into a depression.....
KR October 20, 2012 at 05:12 AM
We didn't almost- WE DID go into a depression.....
James October 21, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Yes don't be stupid again by voting Obama again. Stop blaming previous administration. It's been four year under Obama administration and you still blaming the Bush administration? Wake up people. He said there will be no tax to families earning $250,000 or less. Now we have 21 taxes imposed on us. Obama broke his promise. He said he is going to cut the deficit. Now our deficit is the highest. Obama broke his promise. He said our medicare will be reduced in his term. Now we are paying more on our medicare. Look at your pay check. Obama broke his promise. Yes, don't be stupid again to fall in for a good sweet political talk. Sweet talk and sweet promises don't count. Results is the name of the game.
Rich November 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I was part of the lay off and Stents work fine, charles is talking out his azz.

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