Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 20, 2012
The bad news is solidering on at Fisker Automotive. A few weeks after showing the new Atlantic concept, the company let go twelve people at their Delaware plant. This is second time this year that Fisker has laid off people at the plant. Back in February, Fisker laid off twenty-six employees due to the company not meeting the Department of Energy’s contractual milestones for their loans.
Today, Fisker employs only a small maintenance team at the site "protecting plant assets and maintaining the facility," said Fisker spokesman Russell Datz to The News Journal.
"We have always had a flexible business model that allows us to scale up and down as work demands. As we ramp up the project again, we will add a new headcount. We've accomplished a lot at the plant, using more than 40 local contract firms to recycle old material and equipment. The plant is now ready for the next phase of installing new production equipment."
One of the people laid off, Jeffrey Garland told The News Journal that the plant is "absolutely empty." Fisker has hauled used equipment away from the site but hasn’t installed the new equipment needed to build a vehicle.
"All of us who were there hoped we were still adding value. I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they're working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give,” said Garland
Source: The Daily Journal