Pelco closes Clovis production plant and lays off 90 workers

Pelco’s headquarters in Fresno, near Palm and Herndon avenues, is seen in this 2018 file photo.

published on January 20, 2022 – 12:50
Written by Frank Lopez

Pelco is carrying out another round of layoffs as it closes one of its production facilities in Clovis.

The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board plans to help about 90 Pelco employees facing phased layoffs.

FRWDB’s Rapid Response Program works with employers to mitigate the impacts of layoffs and closures on employees with services such as resume writing assistance, interview preparation, job training and more.

According to a mandatory Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN) filing, parent company Schneider Electric has already laid off seven workers at its 100,000-square-foot Building 5 production plant at 200 W. Pontiac Way in Clovis, which was part of the Pelco campus before the manufacturer began shrinking its footprint in 2017.

The FRWDB’s government sector labor coordinator, John Lorrance, said the layoffs would occur in stages, with around 5 to 10 workers being laid off in each round.

Around 90 employees in total will be laid off – around 70 production workers and 20 office workers.

The first layoffs took place on January 14 and are expected to last until December this year, Lorrance said.

The Rapid Response Team has been in talks with Pelco officials since November about permanently closing the Clovis production plant. A message left with Schneider Electric was not immediately returned.

The shutdown would appear to be another step toward the end of an era – the slow disintegration of a powerful manufacturer’s footprint in the Fresno-Clovis area.

Entrepreneur David McDonald bought Pelco, then a fledgling security camera maker, in 1987. Moved from Fresno to its Clovis campus, Pelco grew into a multi-billion dollar company employing around 2,000 people locally at its peak .

Big changes came in 2007 when McDonald’s sold Pelco to French company Schneider Electric for $1.5 billion. Series of mass layoffs have marked the years since. The most recent estimate puts the local workforce at around 400 people.

McDonald maintained a full philanthropic portfolio and traveled the world in a $42 million yacht named Casino Royale after selling the company. He died of natural causes at his home in Prather in 2019. He was 69.

The company moved some of its operations to Fresno in 2017, mostly moving out of its campus near Peach and Dakota avenues. Fresno County moves its Department of Social Services offices there.

Schneider Electric has also changed hands a few times since 2007, being sold to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Transom Capital in 2019 for an undisclosed amount. It was sold a year later to Motorola Solutions for $110 million.