Costco’s chief executive officer is calling the company’s internal-combustion plant shutdown “a sad day” for the company.

“We are devastated that we have lost more than 600 jobs in our company, which we know to be a leader in the global supply chain,” Craig Jelinek said in a statement Monday.

“These layoffs are a sad day for our customers, our colleagues and for our team.

We will continue to work with the team to find a solution.”

According to Costco’s website, about 1,500 workers are expected to be laid off in the first phase of the shutdown, which will last from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Jelinek did not identify the employees affected by the layoffs, but said in the statement that Costco has more than 800,000 employees worldwide.

He did not specify how many were employed at the plant in the Chicago suburb.

The company is already struggling to attract new employees.

Costco said it has lost a combined 1,700 employees in the past two years.

Last year, Costco added another 2,600 jobs.

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