Organizational changes at Yankee Candle affecting 16 workers

Franklin County

Organizational changes by the parent company of South Deerfield-based Yankee Candle have affected more than a dozen workers.

Approximately 16 workers were informed about the changes Thursday. According to a statement from Newell Brands sent to 22News, the company will be assisting the affected workers.

“Decisions impacting people, are some of the hardest we make as an organization and a process we don’t take lightly. Our team is dedicated to working in partnership with impacted employees to ensure a smooth transition for them and our goal is always to achieve the best outcome for our company and our people.”

Newell employs more than 1,400 employees in Massachusetts, with facilities in South Deerfield, Whately, and East Longmeadow.

The company’s full statement is below:

“Today, some employees in South Deerfield were informed of changes to our organization that will impact their roles at our company. Decisions impacting people, are some of the hardest we make as an organization and a process we don’t take lightly. Our team is dedicated to working in partnership with impacted employees to ensure a smooth transition for them and our goal is always to achieve the best outcome for the company and our people. That said, following the company’s announcement of its Accelerated Transformation Plan in January, Newell Brands continues to make progress in reshaping the company. Newell Brands is making sharp portfolio choices and strengthening the organization as the company drives toward its goal of becoming a leading consumer goods company that is simpler, faster and stronger.” 

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