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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

Excel Announces Restructuring, Layoffs

Posted 6/22/2017
Employees leaving Hesston’s Excel Industries Wednesday afternoon, told the Record they would be receiving letters Thursday that would inform them if they would remain employed at the company.
The employees declined to give their full name but said the notification from the company would come in the form of a letter sent to the homes of employees. Some employees will get letters saying they are laid off, some will be asked to move to different shifts or jobs, and some employees will see no changes.
A release issued by Excel read, “ Excel Industries, Inc. today informed employees about a reorganization that includes a workforce reduction at its Hesston manufacturing facility. The company will issue a formal statement regarding the restructuring on June 22 after impacted employees have been officially notified. 
 “In the interest of protecting employee privacy, no further details are available at this time.” 
Severance packages and payment terms vary according to seniority, according to one employee. Friday, the company release information that it is laying off around 270 production employees.
At a company meeting Wednesday no names of employees keeping or losing jobs was announced.
Excel, maker of Hustler and Bid Dog brand mowers, has largely been in a growth mode in recent years. The company was shaken last year after a mass shooting at the facility in February. This spring Excel rolled out a UTV called the Maximum Duty Vehicle or MDV.
See the Record 6.29 print edition for full story and reaction in Hesston.