The cuts come as the company moves away from in-house manufacturing of skin-cleansing devices developed by Redmond-based Clarisonic..
L’Oréal USA is laying off 120 employees in Redmond and Kent as part of its shift away from manufacturing its Clarisonic skin-cleansing devices in-house.
L’Oréal in 2011 purchased Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, the Redmond-based developer of the Clarisonic sonic skin-cleansing brushes. (David Giuliani, co-founder and CEO of Pacific Bioscience, previously co-founded Optiva, which developed the Sonicare toothbrush.)
By the end of next year, Clarisonic devices will no longer be manufactured at the company’s production facility inside its Redmond headquarters, according to a Clarisonic spokesperson.
The 120 employees affected are in production or production-related roles. Most are in the Redmond production facility with a few in the company’s fulfillment center in Kent.
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The Clarisonic spokesperson said the company will still have “a few hundred employees remaining in the area” but declined to provide a more specific number.
The Clarisonic headquarters will remain in Redmond, with an emphasis on product innovation and “ongoing investment in our internal research and innovation capabilities,” according to a statement from Clarisonic.
“In order to provide additional manufacturing expertise to produce the beauty devices of today and tomorrow, Clarisonic has decided to make a gradual transition to shift its production to external manufacturing partners,” the statement says. “The transition will be complete by the end of 2017. This manufacturing shift will result in reductions of 120 employees from its Redmond-based production facility over the next 15 months.”
Affected employees will receive financial support and job placement resources, and those in good standing can apply for other positions within L’Oréal, the company said.
Fifteen million Clarisonic devices have been sold worldwide, according to the company.