Vera Bradley Eliminating Second Shift At New Haven Facility

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive
By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

August 13, 2014 Updated Aug 13, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (21Alive) -- Vera Bradley has announced plans to eliminate their second shift operations by November 1st at the New Haven Facility.

Currently, the New Haven facility employs 360 full-time employees and 150 of them work on second shift. Vera Bradley has stated that they believe some workers may have a chance to move to first shift but a number of jobs will be lost. However, Vera Bradley will be offering severance packages.

Vera Bradly attributes the cutback to the high costs of producing goods domestically versus overseas.

The Mayor of New Haven, Terry McDonald, issued the following statement in response to the news:

“The elimination of any jobs is of great concern and we will work with our partners at Northeast Indiana Works and the WorkOne Northeast Center to assist affected individuals. The City and Vera Bradley are keeping our lines of communication open. We are encouraged that some employees will be offered positions within the company and on the first shift of the manufacturing plant.”

The Mayor added, “The City of New Haven is proud to have Vera Bradley’s manufacturing facility in our community and we look forward to our continued relationship with the company. Vera Bradley has been a great source of pride in our region and we believe they will continue to grow and offer employment opportunities in the future.”

The company currently employs 1,000 people throughout the state.

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