With the demand for computer-related products continuing to wane, Printronix Inc. late last week laid off 189 workers--nearly one sixth of its work force--as part of corporate restructuring, the company said Friday.
Most of those laid off by the Irvine-based manufacturer of computer printers were assembly workers, but a handful of supervisors were also let go, said Jerry King, Printronix vice president of human resources. Although no further layoffs are planned, King said, he added that "if business doesn't improve, there may be further adjustments necessary." The company's employees currently number slightly over 1,000.
The move is part of a corporate belt-tightening at Printronix that company officials said will result in fewer people producing about the same number of goods. While many other computer firms are waiting to see whether 1985 brings a further downturn, Printronix believes it sees the writing on the wall. With early orders far below expectations, management has decided that now is the time to cut staff.
"There is a diminished demand across the board. We're experiencing what the whole industry is going through," King said. Despite the layoffs, however, the company will soon be recruiting engineers and designers, King said.