NEW HAVEN, Ind. - Vera Bradley plans to phase out a shift that about 150 people work at its New Haven plant in an effort to reduce manufacturing capacity and save on domestic costs.
The producer of quilted accessories will cut about a quarter of the plant's manufacturing capacity by eliminating its second shift in the next couple of months.
Melissa Schenkel, public-relations manager at Vera Bradley, said in an email Tuesday that the company will offer buy-outs to employees who leave the New Haven plant voluntarily.
She said the plant's second-shift employees might be able to move to the first shift or transfer to one of three other facilities in northeast Indiana. Vera Bradley has a design center and distribution center in Roanoke, offices in Fort Wayne and the manufacturing center in New Haven.
"We certainly take great pride in being able to produce a portion of our inventory in the U.S., and our Fort Wayne facility provides us with a great deal of flexibility when we are `chasing' business and need a quick turn-around," Schenkel said.
She said manufacturing costs substantially more in the U.S. than it does in other countries.
The plant in New Haven currently has about 360 full-time employees. Schenkel said the plant produces around 7 percent of all Vera Bradley products.
New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald said the city will work with its partners at Northeast Indiana Works and the WorkOne Northeast Center, as well as Vera Bradley, to help employees will be affected by the shift cuts.
"The City of New Haven is proud to have Vera Bradley's manufacturing facility in our community and we look forward to our continued relationship with the company," McDonald said.
Vera Bradley employs about 1,000 people in Indiana.
15-year-old girl and stepmom fight off intruders
An Indianapolis father was critically injured Friday during a confrontation with two robbers.
Madison County deputy injured in hit-and-run
A Madison County Sheriff's deputy was injured Saturday in a hit-and-run collision near Pendleton.
PICS: Irvington Parade|Broad Ripple Zombie Walk
Participants came out Saturday for the 68th annual Irvington Parade and the Broad Ripple Zombie walk. See our gallery for pictures…
Deputies find conflicting IDs at fatal crash
One person was killed and several more were seriously injured in Vigo County crash Saturday – but sheriff's deputies couldn't…
Volunteers pitch in for NE-side cleanup
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and put in a full day's work Saturday to improve the troubled Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.
Active shooter drill at Ft. Benjamin Harrison
Hundreds of law enforcement officers descended upon Fort Benjamin Harrison Saturday to take part in an emergency simulation.