Last updated on 2013.11.03
Verifications Inc. surprised 140 of its South Dakota employees yesterday by telling them they will lose their jobs by November:
According to Verifications employee Becky Jacobson, employees in Mitchell were asked to attend a mandatory meeting Thursday, at which they were informed of the closures.
"It was horrible," said another employee who asked to remain anonymous. "We walked into the room and there were Kleenex boxes on the table, so we knew."
Mitchell employees were shown a video of Verifications President and CEO Curt Marks announcing the closures, Jacobson said.
"There was a lot of crying," she said of the reactions. "It seems like we had been kept in the dark" [Chris Mueller, "Verifications Closing Mitchell and Aberdeen Locations," Mitchell Daily Republic, 2012.04.26].
Note that the bosses could have driven over from corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minnesota, to break the news and maybe offer their thanks and their apologies in person. But no: to declare 140 South Dakotans a hindrance to the company's profits, corporate sends videos and boxes of Kleenex. Not exactly an expression of the company's Values of Solidarity, Commitment, and Courage.
Spread some irony on your toast: on its Testimonials page, Verifications cites unnamed clients as lauding their employee background-check and drug-testing services thus:
"I hate surprises. VI is proactive, not reactive."
"It's simple why we're with VI: they never give us a reason to leave."
South Dakota didn't give Verifications any reason to leave. We actually worked pretty hard to bring them here, using state and local loan funds to build the Mitchell facility Verifications leases. We appear to have made similar efforts ten years ago for Verifications in Aberdeen. The company simply found cheaper labor in Arizona, India, and the Philippines.
These closings come on top of layoffs in Aberdeen last year of 15 employees who became obsolete because of technology.