Sliding sales leads Scotts Miracle-Gro to cut hundreds of jobs

Scotts Miracle-Gro has cut hundreds of jobs amid a slump in sales and an overinvestment in the company’s Hawthorne division that caters to the cannabis business.

The Marysville-based lawn-and-garden company did not say Wednesday how many jobs were cut, where they are located or what kinds of jobs were affected.

“While we have been forced to make dozens of tough decisions in a compressed time frame, including a head count reduction of hundreds of people, we’re also protecting our competitive advantages and securing our leadership pipeline we need in the future,” the company’s CEO and chairman, James Hagedorn, told analysts on a conference call Wednesday to discuss the company’s results for the three months that ended July 2.

A message seeking additional information from the company was not returned by the deadline.

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