More Layoffs Hit Fly Fishing Companies

After December reports that Sage had laid off several employees in its rod manufacturing center, we heard this morning that on Thursday Orvis let go 39 employees between its home office in Sunderland and its “rod shop” in Manchester. “James Hathaway, a spokesman for Orvis, said the people laid off on Thursday were full-time salaried employees from almost every department. Orvis’ corporate headquarters, which they refer to as the home office, is in Sunderland. Hathaway said officials at the company had to make ‘difficult, painful’ decisions because of slow sales in the most recent fiscal year quarter and continued challenges projected for the future.” Patrick McArdle in the Rutland Herald.

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  • severance packages for a lay-off? hmmmm…sounds more like actual job cuts…about 18% of total labor force (locally) without actually doing the math. and this is a company whose revenue streams extend way beyond the fly fishing industry.

  • rick L.

    Well, of course, can’t lay off anyone at the top.