One of the largest companies in Meriden is cutting back on its staffing, leaving many without a job.
Eyewitness News exclusively learned that 3M is still determining how many people will be out of a job in Meriden, but said the move is part of a global restructuring where 1,500 jobs all over the world will be cut.
“It's a struggle, trying to find work. Especially when big companies start laying off people, it's not good,” said Nick Muniz of Meriden.
Sources said this is the third round of layoffs this year. The first happened in January and the second happened a few months ago.
3M said the writing was on the wall when its earnings announcement was made last month.
The layoffs trickled down to Meriden on Friday, when several employees were let go.
3M is the company that bought CUNO, and was one of the first manufacturers in Meriden.
“It's somewhere where a lot of Meriden residents worked. Their parents worked and so forth, so there's a bit of an emotional attachment to manufacturing,” said Meriden Town Manager Lawrence Kendzior.
The news wasn’t publicly announced, and Kendzior said he was even left in the dark.
He said the scope of the layoffs weren’t big enough where 3M was obligated to inform the state.
Kendzior said he’s just hoping the industrial anchor can navigate through this rough patch.
“It's a big manufacturer out on Research Parkway, our main industrial area, so it's important to the city that they maintain their presence there,” Kendzior said.
Officials at 3M said all of the layoffs will be done by Nov. 15.
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