Cumberland Business Connector hires first CEO
AMHERST – The Cumberland Business Connector’s first CEO feels it’s time to put words into action when it comes to the area’s economic future.
Company restructures its Amherst operation
LED Roadway Lighting in the Amherst and Area Industrial Park is cutting approximately 40 jobs.
AMHERST – An Amherst manufacturer is cutting approximately 40 jobs as it restructures its operations.
But, the CEO of LED Roadway Lighting says his company remains committed to Amherst and still expects to employ between 90 and 130 people.
“We have done a restructuring in the company. It’s a change in what Amherst is going to do as an entity. For the last 10 years, dating back to C-Vision, it has been an assembly facility, but over the last few years that operations has been trending to a different place,” Peter Conlon told the Amherst News. “We’ve been here for more than 10 years and we’ll be here for many years to come. We will continue to have a significant presence in Amherst.”
Conlon said the layoffs are permanent. He said the company has “always treasured” the work done in Amherst and said it’s a difficult day, but LED Roadway Lighting has to be with the market.
Since the company opened as C-Vision in 2002 from the former assets of Celestica, it has been primarily been a location where components were assembled into finished product. More recently, through LED Roadway Lighting, the employees assembled the company’s LED streetlights that were shipped worldwide.
Conlon said those assembly jobs will be move to other facilities around the globe, but pointed out some assembly jobs will remain for the company’s Satellite series lights as well as for the Canadian marketplace.
However, as the company grows globally with new contracts around the work it will focus on in-country manufacturing – something a lot of counties, such as the United States, demand from manufacturers.
“Amherst is now higher up the value chain in that it will become more of an operation centre with a different skill set in terms of logistics, new product introduction, production planning, customs and other things,” Conlon said.