Invacare to lay off 50

Citing a faltering economy and declining reimbursements to customers, Invacare ($IVC) will lay off about 50 workers worldwide. Invacare manufactures home health equipment, including wheelchairs, bariatric equipment, disability scooters and respiratory products.

Roughly 30 people will be laid off at Invacare's Elyria, OH home base. Severance and outplacement services will be provided for these employees, spokeswoman Lara Mahoney said, according to MedCity News.

The global layoffs totaled less than 1% of the company's more than 6,000 employees, and most of them were office workers, Mahoney added. Among those slated to be laid off is Lorain County Commissioner Tom Williams, who was an electromechanical process engineer in the company's quality control department, according to the Chronicle-Telegram.

The company's last round of major layoffs took place in 2006, costing roughly 200 workers their jobs, Mahoney said.

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