image: Lifetouch management just "expressed itself" to some of its workers - GTFO
This time it was a merger rather than outsourcing which caused a mass layoff action. Here is the Columbus Republic with the details:
The Lifetouch photography company is cutting 383 jobs in Chattanooga as it closes two facilities acquired in its recent purchase of longtime competitor Olan Mills.The article didn't give many other details, but I found this little tidbit from Wikipedia about the company to be interesting:
A spokesman for Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Lifetouch said Monday that the two locations to be closed over the next several months, a photography lab and pre-press facility and a separate printing facility, were acquired when Lifetouch bought Olan Mills in November.
In 1978, 100 percent of the company's ownership was transferred to its employees, and it now promotes itself as the largest employee-owned company in the photography industry.So I guess the "owners" of the company didn't want any more competition. Actually, it's amazing that in this modern age of digital photography that such a company is even still viable.
Bonus: Portrait photography, like Def Leppard, seems SO 1980s