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KITCHENER, Ontario — Jim Hammill, the former CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America before his termination last month, told a Canadian television station that he is not to blame for the company’s demise.
CTV noted that Hammill claimed to have received threats against himself and his family. He also indicated that he reported the threats to local police.
According to CTV, Hammill empathizes with the now-fired workers and understands their frustration, but he said he is not to blame.
He declined to be interviewed when a CTV crew showed up at his home Tuesday. Howevever, he sent an email to CTV three hours later. The station posted an image of the message as part of its broadcast.
In it, Hammill said the Hymer family’s decision to sell the company imposed “tremendous extra work” on the staff to show the company to many potential buyers.
“That work was extremely tough on the staff of our company, in many cases doubling the hours of people and ruining many lives,” Hammill wrote.
“Personally, the doubled hours demanded took their toll on myself and the other team members,” he added. “Performance demands were ridiculous and demands made to do more and more. Normal big corporation stuff, I suppose.”
Hammill noted that company had been sold in the past, but he was “stunned with the impact and speed that was taken to dismantle a company and a brand that had been around since 1974.”
The video report can be found at CTV News.