- Heinz is trying to sublease some 45,700 square feet of the 150,000 square feet it rents for use as the Heinz Innovation Center in Pittsburgh.
- The ketchup company said it's not abandoning the facility, where it has conducted research since 2004, but is downsizing and moving to an open-office environment.
- The move follows a similar one in August when the company offered 276,705 square feet of its corporate headquarters for sublease.
Heinz is looking to cut costs. We get that. And no doubt the recent layoffs and downsizing make sense on a spreadsheet. But as we've noted before, Heinz seems to be engaged in a sort of frenzied, cost-cutting that seems petty. There's an aura of desperation about the cutbacks that feels out of line. Our concern is that the cuts are becoming a public-relations problem and an employee morale problem.