Excel Industry in Hesston announces layoffs

WICHITA, Kan. (RELEASE) Excel Industries, Inc. announced Thursday a workforce reduction at its manufacturing facility in Hesston.

About 70 production and office employees will be affected, but the company plans to continue operating both a first and second shift.

The company said it "made this difficult decision after great deliberation, and cited a "loss in business from a mass retail partner" as the reason for the layoffs.

"While the impact on our company is significant, our longstanding commitment to smaller, independent dealers remains the bulk of our business, and we will continue our strategy to grow the commercial market," the company continued in a release. "We are also committed to an ongoing strategy that includes mass retail partners but needed to streamline to position our ourselves for long-term stability."

The company said it will provide access to employment and training services, assistance with health benefits, and transition payments to those affected.