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Abbott Deals Another Round of Temecula Layoffs

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

One of the Temecula Valley's largest employers, Abbott, 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."

David Shisler October 19, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Yes companies are leaving this state, why not? They have to contend with government over regulations, the EPA, higher and higher taxes,unsustainable benefits, workers comp.,lawyers, liability claims, ever raising energy cost. Liberals are blind, they blame the over paid corp. exec, who is doing what is necessary to compete in todays world. As Ronald Reagan said "Government is always the problem, and never the solution." He was right businesses are being attacked by California Elected Democrats. Look at the General Election voter guide it's loaded with new tax proposals, How about some tax cuts to bring business back to this state!
The Patriot October 19, 2012 at 09:14 PM
David... Are you being serious? You preach liberty and freedom and small government yet just days ago on another article speak against those here in Temecula that are trying to replace our current tyranicle council with Patriots. Patrice Lynes is endorced by the Tea Party. 'If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest freedom, go from us in peace. We need not your councils or your arms. Crouch down and kiss the hands that feed you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.' - Samuel Adams
The Republican October 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Laura this whole thing started when the Democraps and Pelosi took over Congress in 2006 and girls like Pelosi and Barney Fag refused to look into Fanny Mae and Mac ...in 2006. Barney and Pelosi are on record as saying there was no reason to investigate because everything was fine...back in 2006
David Shisler October 19, 2012 at 10:52 PM
I hear you Patriot, I heard Patrice Lynes speak during the last debates at Temeku Hills, and this year at Temecula City Hall, she just doesn't impress me, she seems timid as a speaker, and I like strong speakers that can get a message across. I am basically a conservative, registered as an Independent. I've heard Washington and Naggar speak, and I thought they both were good, and they are Republicans if that matters. Last election I liked Paul Runkle, this time I like Paul Jacobs I still have to decide.
Ponce de Leon October 19, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Patriot Patrice Lynes has uncovered the massive Agenda 21 conspiracy that is going to put all of us into high rise apartments and we'll have to give up our cars and walk everywhere. Stop the UN! They are coming to Temecula and they want your house. Fight for the right to pollute!
Long Time Temecula Resident October 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM
oh my ..if you want the most liberal person to ever run for a council seat to be elected vote for paul jacobs.
Tom October 20, 2012 at 12:54 AM
People wake up and stop playing the blame game!!!! WE are to blame for this offshoring of jobs. We are the ones who have elected these idiots that govern us in both Sacramento and Washington. Our politicians have been at war on the free enterprise system for a very long time. The high corporate tax rate, burdensome regulations, ridiculous EPA laws have made it impossible to stay in this country and be profittable. If you ran a business and had to deal with all this crap, dont tell me you wont look for a way to out. The job of our Government is to make it fair and easy to operate a business in this country not be an impediment to it. Dont let the politicians blame these companies as greedy, when they are the ones to blame for their actions and bills. Just wait till AB32 is fully implemented in this state and see how many more companies bail this state.
The Patriot October 20, 2012 at 01:53 AM
David, she may not be the boldest speaker but her platform is solid and she is a true Patriot, a Constitutional Conservative. Meet with her, she will meet with ANYONE face to face and speak with them. If you want a good speaker, vote for Naggar. It would be the same as voting for Obama, they both can sell you anything, if that is what you want in a leader...Paul Jacobs is a huge liberal, he loathes conservatives, even calls them "Tea Baggers", he wasn't even at the Republican's event in Temecula with Elizabeth Emken. He is totally for Agenda 21. Mike and Chuck ditched freedom a long time ago for self benefit. They only care about holding their seats to get some more real estate deals through that will help their bank accounts. You either are for freedom and liberty or you are against it. There is no room in the middle friend. Please contact her before you vote and tell her that "The Patriot" sent you. She will be in old town meeting people this Saturday from 12 to 1, look for her sign or just contact her on her site before you vote. You will be happy that you did. http://patricelynesforcitycouncil.com
The Patriot October 20, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Ponce de Leon, there is no room for French socialism in America. If you do not consider Agenda 21 a threat to our protection under the Constitution, you are either a Socialist or a Council Crony because it is here and it is a serious threat to our liberties. Please be clear, Patrice Lynes did not uncover Agenda 21, it was around since Clinton's reign. She is just letting the citizens of Temecula know that their elected representatives voted 5 to 0 for it, in 2010 and that she will work to remove it. Also, let's be clear about one thing, caring about the environment and Agenda 21 are NOT the same thing!
David Shisler October 20, 2012 at 03:59 AM
AB32, they say all eyes are on California, the first state trying to implement this type of law, cap and trade of Greenhouse Gases. It will affect refineries, power plants, industrial facilities, transportation. More regulations, if non-complance you'll get hit with penalties,,,all these companies will have added cost, watch as more companies flee the state, and get refuge in states that welcome them. What's sad we already have very strict laws on the books.
Ponce de Leon October 20, 2012 at 05:46 AM
@Patriot -- How do you figure sustainable growth is a bad idea?
Mike Mueller October 20, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I own 2 business here in town. I have had 3 other successful businesses in the past, all in California. I am successful and make close to 6 figures. However, if it was not for my roots here in this community and my families strong ties to the community, I would leave California and do my business else where. It would take a lot of writing to explain all of the reasons why doing business in California is the worst decision a company can make, big or small. So I will leave that for another post. As far as people complaining about not having a job, look in the classifieds. There is plenty of work out there for people who WANT it. Stop being picky, flip a burger if you have to. I worked 3 jobs (minimum wage) for almost 2 years to save up to start my own business. My mom was a minimum wage earner and my dad passed away. I went to Jr. College (which for me turned out to be useless, but for others it may help) and educated myself on other interest. If I can make it from nothing in bad times, so can anyone else. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and do something for your self. And now for the other topic. I import my products from China. If I do not import from China I will be out of business within 90 days. My family will lose our home, my 6 employees and their families will be at risk of losing their homes and since I will be out of business, my business taxes will no longer be going back into the community or California. So, should I stop importing?
Mike Mueller October 20, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Bottom line: Get off your *ss and look for a job - EVERY DAY until you find one. Stop complaining about companies importing unless you have a better solution that will work and keep nthe companies in business.
David Shisler October 20, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Mike I think you missed the discussion, I haven't read any post from someone that's unemployed and looking for a job, but why are businesses leaving the state, and what that does to the state budget and deficit.
Laura October 20, 2012 at 06:36 AM
California has the highest taxes, especially for people who own businesses. As for MM's comments, Some of us have been looking for work almost every day, its just that many jobs say were "over qualified" or the jobs are just temporary. Companies do not want to hire permanent employee's and have to pay the medical and other taxes. Those that do, unfortunately, have over 100 applicants. Reality, California is TAX Hungary. And to those who feel they have to put others down to make themselves bigger is very arrogant and disrespectful. It's bad enough that some of us have to apply at burger joints, then to get rejected because were over qualified is a big let down. Put yourself in someone else's shoes, do you remember the Christmas Carol?
The Patriot October 20, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Steve, I was talking about Abbott. You and I are paying for them to be here!
The Patriot October 20, 2012 at 05:27 PM
It is just a pretty word. Everyone wants clean air and clean water. What I don't want it the government forcing me to live in a certain way or in a certain place. Agenda 21 eliminates your right to choose. Their way of live becomes mandatory. It mandates that EVERY American reduces their standard of living to that of a 3rd world country. Caring about your environment and Agenda 21 are NOT the same thing.
The Patriot October 20, 2012 at 05:33 PM
David, AB32 is the reason that Agenda 21 has been forced on us. Patrice WILL eliminate it from the general plan. David, please meet Patrice. She has a plan to restore our liberty and our freedom. She will discuss it with you. I realized from your comment above that you were talking about 2010, when you saw her speak. A lot has changed since then. We need to change the direction that our country is headed in, you can help make a difference.
Popeye October 20, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Only idiots would want to work in a Quarry. You are a good example.
Brenda October 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I know Vicki what started with Reagan. Anything started can just as easily, if not easier be eliminated!!! That is what has to happen. Companies back, illegals, visa's, all of them out. Put higher restrictions and qualifications to let others visit our country even. One smart one would be if you get pregnant here you still GO HOME, and if you have a baby here in the 2 weeks you are vacationing it goes home with YOU. We have been slowly giving more and more of our country away with each president. They are all to blame. I remember one thing that Obama promised. He said I will have our soldiers home within 6 months. He has just brought them home the last year, and actually not anywhere near all of them. They are still dying DAILY. He lets illegals remain here because his aunt has been here illegally all of her life. Not only illegally but managed to work, collect workers compensation, get a settlement and then collect permanent social security disability the rest of her time here. I believe she left because it was found out after he became President. AFTER the fact. I Will not vote again until the issues are on the board and going to be fixed immediately for OUR COUNTRIES best interest, and our people. Children are dying as their insurance does not pay for a kidney transplant, but our wonderful Save the Children groups can sure raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to seperate conjoined twins from Africa right? 1 in 4 children in USA are hungry.
Jim October 20, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Abbott gets $1,910,000.00 free money from fake Temecula now closed redevelopment agency. Look at line 3.http://laserfiche.cityoftemecula.org/WebLink8/ElectronicFile.aspx?docid=253452&&dbid=2 Temecula tax payers don’t pay for Temecula. Your hard earned tax money goes to the County (to be shared by cities less fortunate than us) because Temecula spent Redevelopment money which diverted money from the local schools, police and fire, libraries (we rent books from riverside county for library), etc. You have to understand that you were sold out when The Temecula city council took redevelopment money and spent it on fun things ($750K for Auto Mall Sign, $10 million for Parking Lot behind Theater in the mall, $11 million Theater downtown owned by Dan Stehpensen, and so much more). Temecula exchanged your tax money for free redevelopment money so that they could get free money to give to builder / contruction / real estate friends without permission from you the citizens. ‚Ä®Temecula has the best citizens who pay plenty in taxes. If we did not take redevelopment money our tax dollars would stay in Temecula and we would have everything. For now, we are at the mercy of Riverside County for tax money.
Jim October 20, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Don't need a job. You need to be Dan Stephenson, the owner for Rancon Real estate. Temecula flipped the bill for his $11 million theater. Did we get any free money? Is it conincidence that Jeff Commerchero works for Dan Shepenson? We are all trying to work. Some of us have a golden spoon. Follow the money. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/busy-old-town-temecula-community-theater-faces-many-demands/article_0d37b3ef-bd50-59fd-ad42-e751a5c9623a.html
Jim October 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Hold on. California Cap and Trade (Tax) begins after the elections in November. How does California governments expect us regular people to survive? Or maybe they want us to simply leave. California currently has 1/3 of all welfare recipients and we have most of the illegals. Only good tax paying suckers like us are paying for this mess. http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm
Ponce de Leon October 20, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@The Patriot -- can you point me to a document or policy paper that lists these things that Agenda 21 is going to do? Not someone's opinion about it or interpretation of it, but the actual policy and how it applies to people in the U.S. I would like to read it and be more informed.
Brenda October 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
You are correct JIM, Anyone drive through Los Angeles City, all the Cities around it, and all the Southern Los Angeles Cities lately? Nothing but Tijuana seriously. Used to just be Los Angeles, now it runs straight down into Orange county, then you get the illegal asians and muslims. The music, the big parties with everyone pushing their cars the last miles, course Momma has the escalade, Clothes lines running from front fence to back fence? 12 dogs, baby girls with babies?, all the bozo bouncers, DJ's, catered mexican food, dance floors, oh WAIT, I am describing the party I saw in Menifee last week in a huge 6 bdrm house!!! I have been a California woman all my life, 6th generation on my moms side, all my daughters born, raised here and have never lived anywhere else. Beach Party Bingo! I have always refused to move and thank God my husband managed to get his 23 yrs in the Navy stationed in SD. But now, I just want a motorhome and go.....or be a huge part of starting a Civil war to end ruling of us by Politicians who do not vote for what we put them in office for. We need to start making them liable for lies, and also aiding and abetting illegals. And Brown wants more taxes? Good for him, we dont have any money left. Maybe all his Los Angeles friends can pay his taxes now with those college educations and drivers licenses they have. Who told Brown to give illegals college and liceneses? Did we vote for that? Insanity.
5150 October 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Quit crying over spilled milk
Ronnie Jones October 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
California is not for you, Leave!!
Kathy West October 23, 2012 at 03:51 PM
While I was on a road trip last week in Canada/Montana/Wyoming, I talked to a young man who lived in Montana. Originally from Las Vegas, he decided he wanted to live a more outdoors type of life style. He said, the jobs are out there; it has nothing to do with Democrats or Republicans. It has to do with how hard you want to work and what jobs you will take. At the time, he was running a store part of the day, cleaning carpets, helping store owners in the off season putting in new carpeting, building shelves, and whatever else they needed done. He said, I don't whine, I shut my mouth and do the job and for now, I'm living in a beautiful town and making money.
jason stenson November 04, 2012 at 08:17 PM
well henry im working in abbott vascular in clonmel ireland and i can tell you theyre laying off 155 people next week with possibly another 400 in march 2013 ,so i doubt its the "cheaper labor" thats causing this problem
Brenda November 05, 2012 at 04:38 AM
This is what I understand is going on with Abbott. They are laying off in medium to small groups as they are planning and building(I think they are in the building stage) new offices and plants in Mexico. They should be moved in about a year. Wonder if the City of Temecula knows this yet? They make a good chunk of change off of them. Someone up top is insinuating it might be Ireland, but from what I found out it is definately Mexico. I guess we will see what leads are right and it will be a sad day to see another large company leave the state, not just for another state in the USA but Mexico.

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