East Bay battery manufacturer cuts jobs and boosts greentech sector

RICHMOND — An East Bay green technology company has decided to chop quite a few jobs, shaking up the clean energy sector – lower than a yr after loudly announcing plans for a large-scale expansion in Richmond.

Moxion Power has announced that it plans to chop 101 jobs in Richmond, a discount in staff that stands in stark contrast to what the green technology company has said about its expansion plans within the East Bay.

The green battery company said the layoffs would happen at 1414 Harbor Way S in Richmond, a part of the large Ford Point complex on the shores of San Francisco Bay.

The company announced the layoffs in an official WARN notice that Moxion filed with the state Department of Employment Development.

“Moxion Power Co. is implementing a workforce reduction,” the greentech company said within the WARN announcement. “As a result, certain employees will be leaving the company.”

The job cuts are expected to come back into effect around August 20, the WARN statement said.

Moxion Power manufactures mobile clean energy technologies utilized by businesses and organizations in construction, film production, live events and disaster response.

In July 2023, Moxion announced that it had decided to undertake a significant expansion in Richmond by leasing space within the East Bay city.

It was not immediately clear what impact the layoffs would have on the corporate's overall expansion or hiring plans.

The layoffs affected employees with a wide selection of job titles, including employees within the battery sector.

“These separations are intended to be permanent,” said Collette Zaro, vp for individuals with Moxion, within the WARN letter to the state EDD.

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