As previously reported, Allison is restructuring its operations, a process that will involve the closure of its prestigious headquarters near the city of Padua, in the Veneto region, and going back to its roots in Volta Mantovana, 20 kms from Lake Garda in Italy's Lombardy district.
This is where the company was founded in 1959 and where it produced eyewear under contract for 40 years until Silvio Vecellio Reane left Safilo in 1999 and turned it into the Allison we know today.
The group is now in the process of restoring its historical patrimony, in a region that boasts historic monuments such as the prestigious Palazzo Gonzaga Guerrieri. By the end of December it plans to transfer its offices, including the design center, production facilities and logistics, to a site covering a surface of some 18,000 square meters.
But Allison has a tricky job on its hands. By Aug. 29, only 20 of the 150-strong workforce had declared themselves ready and willing to relocate to Lombardy. Negotiations are currently underway with the unions to ensure the level of severance payments for those who do not make the move, and to work on incentives to encourage the remaining 130 employees to change their minds. The company already cut 39 jobs in September 2013.