Philips lays off 49 at Snoqualmie Ridge

Philips Oral Healthcare announced job cuts last Friday, March 28, affecting some 49 workers at its facility on Snoqualmie Ridge.

The layoffs, which affect manufacturing workers, were made due to a planned discontinuation of two Sonicare product lines, "resulting in the need to take this unfortunate decision," Philips Senior Manager for Public Relations Shannon Jenest said in a statement.

No further reductions are planned, and other Sonicare products will continue to be made at the Snoqualmie facility. Snoqualmie will remain the global headquarters for Sonicare management, sales and administration, according to the Jenest.

"The company is committed to helping employees transition to new career opportunities, and we are working closely with the affected employees to see how we can best assist these activities," Jenest stated. "We appreciate the significant contributions that all the production employees have provided over the years, and this is a difficult day for both them and the company as a whole."

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