Hill-Rom Holdings cutting 29 jobs at North Charleston location
A North Charleston maker of medical products is laying off 29 employees by the end of the month under a corporate restructuring by its parent company.
The cutbacks represent about 15 percent of Hill-Rom Holdings Inc.’s local workforce near Leeds Avenue and U.S. Interstate 526.
The state’s SC Works recently posted the layoff notice on its website.
“It was the result of our decision to discontinue certain parts of our home care business,” Hill-Rom spokesman Larry Baumann said in a written statement Tuesday. “Employees affected by this decision have been receiving information and support since September.”
Most of eliminated positions are documentation-specialist roles related to reimbursement of the company’s home-care medical products, Baumann said.
The cutbacks reduce the size of Hill-Rom’s Corporate Road location to about 170 employees.
The home-care business falls under a division that saw its revenue decline 14 percent to $250 million in the latest quarter.
Hill-Rom landed in the Charleston region in 1985, when its parent bought a Johns Island startup that had developed a patented air-flow bedding system. Its local payroll has been shrinking in recent years.
In 2008, the Batesville, Ind.-based company had about 400 workers in North Charleston, where it had been making specialized hospital beds and other “therapy surfaces” for people with serious burns and other skin ailments.
Hill-Rom in 2009 shifted some of its manufacturing from the Lowcountry to its Hoosier State headquarters in a move that eliminated 90 local jobs.
Contact John McDermott at 937-5572.