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Lowe's Announces Layoffs, Outsourcing Jobs To Third Parties

Lowe's Home Improvement

A number of Lowe’s workers across the U.S. will be losing their jobs, the home improvement company confirmed.

Spokeswoman Jackie Hartzell says Lowe’s is hiring third-party assemblers to replace workers who put together products like grills and patio furniture.

"We are moving to third-party assemblers and facility services to allow Lowe’s store associates to spend more time on the sales floor serving customers. Associates who were in these positions will be given transition pay and have the opportunity to apply for open roles at Lowe’s."

The job cuts are underway, but the company is not releasing exactly how many employees are affected by this round of layoffs. Hartzell said this is because Lowe's expects to retain some employees in other roles.


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Sarafina Wright is the "All Things Considered" producer for WFAE 90.7 Charlotte’s NPR Source. Before coming to WFAE, she worked as a political correspondent for EBONY.com, staff writer at the Washington Informer and editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge in Washington, DC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Howard University. When she's not writing professionally, Sarafina can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com or hanging out with her book club, Charlotte West.