Jack White's Third Man Records has trimmed its Nashville office by seven employees in an effort to streamline and cut costs. The layoffs, which affected the design and events departments, as well as assistants and interns, were in Nashville only and did not touch the multi-faceted company's (label services, record pressing, retail, mail-order, studio) Detroit operation.
"Yesterday, Third Man Records terminated seven positions in Nashville," Third Man co-founder Ben Swank told The Tennessean newspaper. "No one was laid off at our Detroit operation... These decisions occurred in the name of trying to do business in a more streamlined fashion and were not made lightly or easily."
The employees at Third Man, located in Nashville's SoBro neighborhood, were asked to sign separation agreements that included a severance in exchange for confidentiality regarding the company. Third Man still has 28 employees at its Nashville compound, launched in 2009, which houses