Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Racor Division has laid off 40 employees at its global headquarters in Modesto, the company confirmed Wednesday.
It was a difficult decision to cut the full-time workers, a mix of hourly and salaried employees, said Judd Hubbard, division human resources manager. About 560 employees remain.
Racor’s product line includes fuel, oil, air, water, transmission, crankcase ventilation and hydraulic filtration systems for engines and fuel delivery. The layoffs are “the result of ongoing business realignment across the division designed to align costs with current levels of demand,” Hubbard said.
There was no advance notice to employees of the layoffs other than previous announcements that sales have been on the decline and the foreseeable future looks like more of the same, Hubbard said. In terms of possible future layoffs, he added, “I think we’re pretty stable right now.”
Employees who were laid off were offered continued health care coverage, outplacement support for employment searches and, where eligible, severance pay, Hubbard said.
Racor was founded in 1969 in Modesto and purchased by Parker Hannifin in 1985. It is at 3400 Finch Road in the Beard Industrial District.
In addition to its global headquarters in Modesto, Racor has U.S. manufacturing locations in Mississippi and South Carolina, as well as production and engineering facilities in England, China, South Korea, Thailand and Brazil.