Stanley Black (SWK) to Discontinue Operations in Fort Worth
Stanley Black & Decker SWK announced plans to discontinue operations in Fort Worth, TX, as part of its business transformation efforts to optimize its footprint and better serve customers. The decision will affect 175 employees at the Texas facility.
As part of the business transformation strategy launched in 2022, SWK will also transfer its Cheraw, SC operations to the Tennessee facilities in Jackson and Gallatin. While this action will impact 182 employees in South Carolina, it will create 80 jobs in Tennessee.
The employees impacted by these actions will be given the option for employment at other Stanley Black facilities. They will also be provided with job placement support services.
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SWK expects to deliver $2 billion of cost savings through its business transformation strategy. The company’s strategic business transformation actions will provide a more focused product portfolio and operational and service excellence.
The strategic efforts are expected to strengthen Stanley Black's core business, drive financial performance and promote investments to ensure sustainable future growth.
Stanley Black generated savings of $200 million in the second half of 2022 from its organizational changes and indirect cost savings. The company expects EBITDA to achieve a run rate of $1.5 billion in the latter half of 2023 from its transformational initiatives. It also expects to generate cost savings of $500 million from its supply chain transformation initiatives by the end of 2023 and $1.5 billion by 2025.
Stanley Black has lately been grappling with weakness in its Tools & Outdoor segment due to reduced retail and consumer demand as a result of interest rate hikes. The company anticipates a soft demand environment for 2023 with a decrease in new housing starts and remodel activity.
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