DGI Services Cites ‘Industrial Sabotage’ as Reason for Ceasing Operations
SWEDESBORO, NJ—Dec. 12, 2011—Subsequent to the announcement last Monday that IWCO Direct had acquired “certain assets” of DGI Services, reports began cropping up late Friday about a letter DGI sent to employees saying the company was winding down operations as a result of “industrial sabotage.” Some 600 employees across five facilities are said to be subject to a layoff that will be completed by Jan. 31, 2012.
According to a video report by CBS Philly, authorities said someone broke into the DGI’s facility in Swedesboro and damaged computer equipment and a digital printing press that “was so rare there are only four others like it in the world.” It said that the damage was estimated at $30 million.
In its account, the Gloucester County Times reproduced this portion of the letter: “In particular, one of our facilities was recently subject to an act of industrial sabotage which resulted in irreparable damage to our ability to continue our operations. The perpetrators of this unlawful entry vandalized certain equipment integral to the operation of our business beyond immediate repair and obtained access to our IT room.”
The paper also quoted Debora Haskel, IWCO’s marketing director, as saying the assets her company had acquired consisted of equipment. “We did not acquire the buildings or the business.”