BARABOO, WI (Sept. 23)—The Reedsburg Times Press reports today that Sysco Food Services of Baraboo has laid off 25 employees, blaming a sluggish restaurant industry. The op-co has been facing a decrease in demand because fewer people are dining out in today's economy, Ken Beckwith, a senior vice president with Sysco, said in the report.
The 25 layoffs at the Baraboo plant represent about 4.5 percent of its workforce. Beckwith said the plant still employs 530 people, and the company's goal is to continue to be "a great employer in the Baraboo area." He said if market conditions turn around, the positions could be filled again.
Sysco reported 2009 fourth-quarter sales of $9.1 billion, a decrease of 6.6 percent from the $9.7 billion reported in the fourth quarter of 2008.