Energizer to Slash 1,500 Jobs – Close Two US Plants

It’s an Obama world…

Energizer announced today it will layoff 10% of its workforce. 1,500 will be affected. Plants in Missouri and Vermont are slated for closure.
StL Today reported:

Energizer Holdings Inc. will reduce its global workforce by more than 10 percent — or about 1,500 employees — as the company closes three manufacturing plants and streamlines other operations.

The moves are part of a companywide restructuring plan for the maker of batteries and personal care items such as Schick razors and Playtex tampons. Energizer said Thursday it plans to save about $200 million in annual pre-tax savings through the changes.

In August, Energizer first announced that was launching a review of its operations amid sluggish battery sales and heightened competition in the razor category.

Energizer employs more than 16,000 people in 50 countries, including at its Town and Country headquarters. The number of local workers who will be affected by the downsizing is not yet known, according to a company spokesman.

“After the workforce reductions are complete, Energizer will continue to have a very strong presence in the St. Louis region and will continue to be an active part of the St. Louis business community,” Jackie Burwitz, vice president of investor relations, said in a separate statement.

She noted that employees at the headquarters work in areas such as finance and accounting, information technology, customer service and human resources.

Energizer said that about three-quarters of the savings from the restructuring plan will be used to improve profitability, with the remainder being used to invest in long-term growth.

One of the battery factories slated for closure is in Maryville, Mo. The other two are in St. Albans, Vt., and in Tampoi, Malaysia.

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  • Votemout2012

    SO it begins after Obama re-election. This is just beginning of the job shed. Hope all those stupid Obama supporters are the first to go. I guess they will have more time for Leno and Letterman to tell them how lucky they are to have Prez Obama.

  • Timwi
  • mamagriz1968

    Not to make light, but does this mean the Dems are conducting a war on women since a tampon manufacturer is laying people off and might not be producing as much product? I think we all lived the last 4 years holding our breath and hoped the nightmare would be over. It’s just getting started, and it’s going to be worse than we thought.

  • jimstlmo

    Joe Biden told us that we were in recovery, he said it right on TV!

  • Ella

    Not to worry. Barry Benghazi, the murderer slash traitor will hire a kazillion union teachers, policemen and firefighters to get the economy going again. Problem solved. Wow, that was easy!

  • well they were told not to announce this until after the election. and the media thinks its okay for a president to do that.

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  • RS

    Well done thou faithful servant of the regime. You shall not be punished for delaying your firings but will be rewarded for your support of the one.

  • Mad Hatter

    Between Energizer, and the Boeing layoffs this is happening faster than I could have ever imagined.

  • Objective Analysis

    Are we at 20% unemployment yet? Isn’t that Great Depression levels like under FDR?

  • donh

    If more of these companies had the courage to FIRE employees BEFORE the election, Obama would not have been able to fake the appearance of improving unemployment numbers down the closing stretch….but the fascist thugs in government delivered threats or bribes to large employers to hold off firings until after the election….if you know what’s good for you.

  • It’s up to like 50 significant companies now … even before today’s Zawahiri video giving Al Qaeda victory speech.

  • If more of these companies had the courage to FIRE employees BEFORE the election

    They were hoping & praying for a different path ;(

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  • Winston Wolfe

    This is what you wanted leftists. This is what you voted for.

    Own it. All of it.

  • dwd

    You voted for this, America.

    Enjoy what you have wrought.

  • bg


    Coal miners against Obama

    Well it has started, WestRidge Mine in East Carbon Utah, laying off 102
    coal miners 56 of them today! My son might be one of the next ones to
    go.! Thanks Obama!!!


  • Mr. Burwitz is a damn liar when he says that the company will still have a very strong presence in the St. Louis “area”. I’ve have heard that crap before, it’s meaningless!! You will notice that the article went on to describe all the jobs that will be going overseas don’t you? All those jobs that will still be in the St. Louis “area” are the very kinds that have been sent to India by every company that has done the exact same thing in the past twenty years in America. Everyone that is downsizing in America all say the same thing. Ford Motor Company is still moving jobs to Mexico. That is THE VERY REASON why they didn’t need any bailout money, don’t you know? Over ninety percent of Ford Motor Co. operations are in Mexico and Canada, not in America. They were in process of shutting down the last manufacturing plants when the Freddie/Fannie collapse happened. Up to that point they had already announced they were closing all their U.S. plants and laying off the remaining 46,000 employees in America. But Energizer is not the last. These major companies are reading the tea leaves very well and getting the hell out of America while the getting is still good and they can get relocation money from the government.

    Look for more major companies hauling ass very soon before the ObamaCare bill kicks in and costs them millions in health care for their remining American workers.

    Folks we are in deep do-do!!!

    Thanks alot you bunch of dumb a** Obama voters! And thanks even more you bunch of chicken crap voters who when you were standing in the voters booth got cold feet and couldn’t trust that Romney would do what he said he would do. We tried to tell you if he flinched one time after taking office we’d be all over him like stink on you know what! But at least a known card carrying Communist wouldn’t be in the White House remaking America in his fathers image, that of the kind of ghetto his brother lives in, in Nirobi, and Obama’s administration full of Communists destroying what’s left of our Constitution! And Harry Reid still in control of the Senate, what the hell is wrong with you people in the states with Senator’s up for re-election or election? YOU COULDN’T FIND THE PERSON WITH AN “R” NEXT TO HIS NAME??? YOU DON’T READ ENGLISH??? YOU’RE TO STUPID TO BE ALLOWED TO VOTE!! WE COULD HAVE MADE OBAMA’S LIFE A LIVING HELL AND HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SURROUNDED BY REPUBLICAN’S!!! That would have been the next best thing if we couldn’t have won the Presidency as well, DIDN’T YOU KNOW THAT, YOU BUNCH OF IDIOTS???!!!

  • bg
  • bigL

    I think all these companies that lay-off will get a surcharge on their taxes. That was what FDR did.He was furious at companies sitting on their cash in ’37. They were not hiring. so he ordered Cong to enact a windfall profit tax or other surcharge. And then the Depression went on for another 3-4 yrs.I am sure it was moe complicated than that. But surely the companies were correct in waiting as they did not know what was next in regs.
    Remember, like Dennis Prage says:”being Liberal means never having to say you are sorry.”
    The lefties and libs just blink and go on to the next cluster-duck.

  • wheat farmer

    US cellular to layoff 980 in Chicago area welcome to obamaville 2.0

  • Hey_Ange

    O got 69% support in VT. Screw them. Let it burn, but figure a way to punish the White libs financially. Right now Bohner is the most powerful man in DC. All I can say is he better never agree to any “jobs” bills that rehire teachers or use PLAs on federal contracts. GOP will never get the minority vote, they love their free stuff.

  • bg


    give them what they want and they’ll be the first to
    scream foul.. the left is never never satisfied, never..

    Liberalism is a Progressive disease..


  • bg


    November 7, 2012

    Obama Administration Facing Massive Federal Lawsuit

    [A lawsuit seeking the return of $43 trillion (with a “t”) and an audit of all the TARP programs by an independent receiver has been filed against senior members of the Obama Administration and the New York group known as the “Banksters”.


    The Plaintiffs have established the location of the $43 trillion of laundered money in a criminal racketeering enterprise participated in by the following individuals:

    Eric Holder

    Tony West

    Kamala Harris

    Jon Corzine

    Robert Rubin

    Timothy Geitner

    Vikram Pandit

    Valerie Jarrett

    Anita Dunn

    Robert Bauer

    The lawsuit alleges that the Obama Administration actively borrowed money from these “Banksters” to fund his political campaign in this 2012 Election and has not pursued any criminal charges against them.]


    now you know why they need to bilk US out of a roof over our heads,
    clothes on our backs, and food the table as they live higher & higher
    as good little Leninists should.. 😡


    Krim murders: Nanny kills children of CNBC executive – report

    CNBC Exec’s Children Murdered, 1 Day After
    CNBC Reports $43 Trillion Bankster Lawsuit

    i know a few gay men were silenced for
    Obama, but children?? can this be true??

    [disclaimer: it can easily be true the Muslim Brotherhood
    was involved, however.. when it comes to Obama, what
    isn’t the Muslim Brotherhood involved in, *sigh*]

    Oil Executive and Renewable Fuel Researcher Assassinated

    [Nicholas Mockford, a 60 year old British executive for the oil company ExxonMobil has been shot dead in front of his wife in an assassination – style killing in Brussels.

    He was shot three times after leaving the Da Marcello restaurant in Rue de Beyseghem at around 10pm on Oct 14.

    The reason why news of this murder is just breaking now is because Belgian police imposed a news blackout and the areas government kept the story tightly under wraps.

    The fact that such a high profile figure can be assassinated in a public place without any news appearing for two weeks just goes to show you how easily it is to manipulate public perception, hiding things from the media as well as the general population.]


  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    We’re sloooowly slipping back into recession…

  • Granny

    #25 – Slowly my ***

    Word on one of the Vermont websites is that it is 160 jobs – and they are being moved to Singapore.

    What you don’t know is that the legislature here in Vermont also just extended a huge increase in sales tax that would extend it to virtually everything, including all services. Get your hair cut, pay sales tax. Pay your attorney, add sales tax onto the bill.

    And on top of that, they also have chosen to move the state en masse to single payer health insurance. Doesn’t matter what your employer provides or doesn’t or what kind of health insurance you have . . .

    No wonder employers are pulling out.

  • Just Me in NC

    You forgot one plant in Asheboro, NC. The one my wife works at. They have three here and announced yesterday one was closing, hers.

  • squeaky

    how many of obama voters are hiding under the table [as in the underground economy]? i don’t know how chris steves fit within the obama world but at the end of the day he was just as expendible as any of us. when the bigger picture has no room for you…..voters voted under the false impression that it would be some else’s ox that would be gored. let the games begin.

  • Daisy

    Jon Lovitz has been on Twitter playing with the libs for the last couple of days – they can’t handle the truth.

    Also, check out http://www.dailyjobcuts.com – it shows layoff notices by day.

  • MN Jim

    Gas prices have been going down for a month, but they went up 21 cents the day after the election. Does anyone think that was just coincidence?

  • vityas

    Faster Please.

  • myohmy

    Didn’t Missouri and Vermont went O? Better start eating crap sandwiches. Welcome to the long line of welfare and unemployment freebies. The BET card and UC line is on your left.

  • dw dude

    when will we wake up? this president is actively working on collapsing the economy…and mitt Romney said nothing. not 1 attack…north easterners suffering now are only a foreshadow of government control and response. welcome to obamaville, your number in line is 100,000,009. we are concerned about your welfare, please wait for the next representative.

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  • JenBee

    Expect the unemployment rate to ‘unexpectedly’ increase next month. And it’ll probably either continue to stagnate at 8% or go up even more as we creep into 2013, the first year that most parts of Obamacare are actually felt by small business, and they contract their workforce to deal with the calamity of it all. Yep, good times, courtesy of the ignorant Obama voter.

  • flyoverland

    The Obama economy, it keeps going and going and going and pretty soon it will be gone.

  • dunce

    I do not have a crystal ball, but there may be many more lay offs probably after Thanksgiving but before Christmas. Employers will be looking at paying for no work over the holidays and cutting their losses. All you women that voted for obama can go play with your lady parts.

  • David

    Not just the companies that were told not lay people off by the corrupt administration

    I can guarantee you that the banks also were told to foreclose less in the 6 months before the election. Hence the improvement in the property market. Watch now as the banks begin to foreclose more….

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  • Jim Scrummy

    Having been through two layoffs in my lifetime, was not fun. The sad thing is some of this could’ve been prevented on 11/6/2012. Oh well suffer the consequences of your choices.

  • Jim Westford

    If there is going to be a shortage on Tampons, I’m going to stock up and trade sex for them.

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