The chief executive of the Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle wants to stop outsourcing more than 100 jobs to India and replace them with American workers.
Chipotle is among more than 150 companies that have announced plans to cut jobs or shutter stores due to global economic turmoil.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Chipotle CEO Steve Ells said his company needs to move faster and be more selective about which jobs to hire.
“If I had a choice of two companies, one in India and one in China, I would choose India,” he said.
“They are both doing very well.
We are doing well.
The only thing that I would say is, they have a very small population and that is why they need to be a little more selective.”
Ells made the comments as he announced that he would be stepping down as CEO at the end of this year, ending a five-year run that has seen Chipotle grow its sales by 50 percent.
Ell, who also owns The Darden Restaurants chain, said his team has focused on developing new products and better customer service.
“We’ve had to make a lot of decisions,” Ells told the Journal.
“There is a lot going on.
There are things that we need to do better and more aggressively.
There is no time for excuses.
There’s no time to say, ‘I didn’t know what I was doing.'”
Ell also said he has seen a shift in Chipotle customer sentiment toward the company.
The company announced a year ago that it would hire 1,000 workers at its new plant in India.
It said the expansion would be fully staffed by American workers, and that it plans to invest $2 billion in a new manufacturing plant in the state of Maharashtra.
Chipotle said it will spend $8 million to open a factory in the U.S. this year to manufacture its chicken, the chain’s mainstay.
The company said it also plans to expand the size of its U.K. and European stores.
Ell said his vision for the company is to create more jobs than the company currently has, and he said he wants to use the money to build the new plant and hire more Americans.
“We’re going to be building a new factory in India to create new jobs for our workers and for our suppliers and for the U:S.
economy,” he told the WSJ.
He added that his goal is to build a new plant every year.
But Chipotle isn’t the only business to see its share of jobs go overseas.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration said it was considering suspending the licenses of companies that employ hundreds of people in China.
That comes as China’s economy has taken a nosedive in the past year.
The country’s economy contracted 7.5 percent last year, its slowest rate since the global financial crisis.
While the number of U.N. workers has fallen, China has seen an uptick in the number moving overseas, according to a Bloomberg report published Monday.
Chipotle and the FDA are not the only companies struggling to fill their global talent gaps.
Some companies are moving workers to other countries as the U., U.F.O., and F.O.P.O.’s immigration rules get stricter.
There have also been concerns about companies taking advantage of a visa system that allows foreign workers to get jobs even if they haven’t met certain requirements.
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