Cognex Announces Cost-Cutting Measures
As a result of the actions that the company has taken, Cognex expects to record a pre-tax charge of approximately $700,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008 (this full amount was included in the guidance given by Cognex on October 29, 2008). And in the first half of 2009, Cognex expects to record an additional charge of approximately $1,700,000 related to the facility closure. The distribution center that is currently based in Georgia will be consolidated into the company’s headquarters in Natick, MA.
“The actions announced today were not made easily; the individuals who were let go were all hardworking, experienced and dedicated employees; but unfortunately the actions were necessary to ensure the continued profitability of our company,” says Dr. Robert J. Shillman, chairman and CEO of Cognex. “Given the rather bleak economic outlook and the expectation that conditions will not improve soon, it is important to align our expenses as quickly as possible to the lower level of business that we anticipate in 2009. The difficult steps that we have taken should allow us to maintain our long record of profitable operations, even as we continue to invest in strategic initiatives to ensure the long-term success of our company.”