One of Chowchilla’s largest private employers said Tuesday that it will cut its workforce by about one-third to become more competitive. Brake Parts Inc.’s vice president of human resources says global pressures compelled it to save money by moving production to its plant in northern Mexico.
A farm laborer killed this week when his vehicle struck a tree has been identified as a Chowchilla man, Madera County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Fredy Ramirez-Orellana, 32, of Chowchilla was killed between 8 and 9 a.m. Sunday when the John Deere Gator utility vehicle he was driving struck an almond tree in the 22000 block of Avenue 24 on Campos Bros. Farms property.
A farmworker riding a motorcycle was killed early Sunday when he struck a tree while on the job, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies received a report around 11:30 a.m. that a man riding a motorcycle crashed near Avenue 24 and Road 24, which is about 10 miles east of Chowchilla.
Chowchilla officials said Friday they have offered economic incentives they hope will persuade Brake Parts Inc., one of the city’s largest private employers, to reject its plan to lay off more than half of its local workforce by this spring.
The Brake Parts Inc. manufacturing plant in Chowchilla expects to lay off up to 90 people in mid-November, company officials confirmed Thursday, but city leaders say they’re planning a pitch to keep the jobs in town.