We were told last week that Canon USA laid off 60 employees from the camera division shortly after WPPI this month. We were unable to confirm the information at that time, but it appears other sources have reached out to other media outlets to confirm the layoffs.
According to Newsday, a Canon spokeswoman said that the company “is constantly reviewing business needs and organizational structures to help ensure that we are best positioned for future growth and development. At this time, we are confident that with our new organizational structure, we are well positioned for future growth and success.”
Canon USA had 1569 employees in Melville, New York according to state records. Canon USA is required to disclose local employment yearly to the state of New York and Suffolk County, as Canon received aid in building their $500mil USA headquarters.
Canon moved from Lake Success, New York to Melville, New York in 2013. According to state records, Canon USA cannot employ less than 1360 people at their headquarters or they’ll be financially responsible to pay back incentives given to them by the state and county.