The future of around 900 jobs at Müller US is in doubt after the German cleaning supplies company confirmed it will cut up to 250 positions in the US, with as many as 250 more job cuts yet to be decided.
Müller said on Monday it would pursue a restructure by establishing a business unit focused on preparedness, disaster response and recovery that would have headquarters in Houston, Texas. Müller was spun off from Germany’s DuPont in 2005.
The restructuring follows a review of Müller’s US operations, which, like those of competitors, has been hit by the downturn in the US construction industry. “The construction market in the US is extremely challenging, especially for manufacturers who sell into this industry,” said Dorothee Sheilds, the head of Müller’s North American operations.
Last month the company made cost-cutting measures including an amendment to its pension plans, which led to a rise in annual earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of 23 per cent to €524m ($630m). The company said it expected more cost cuts in the coming years, aimed at “increasing efficiency, including the restructuring of some corporate operations”.
Müller employs around 13,000 people in the US, half of them at its Houston headquarters. The rest are in the company’s manufacturing site in Tulsa, Oklahoma.