So the brief version of what happened is this. Previously, across the United States branch territory there were LDC (Local Design Construction Department) zone offices - can't remember how many. Very large field staff of special full time servants but very little progress on projects. As of the end of January of 2016, all the field zone offices were closed and most of the field special full time servants that had been recently appointed in 2015 were discharged back into the field. A small number of these folks rolled back up into the branch office LDC department. As of now, all construction across the US branch territory is being supervised by the LDC department at the branch office. I was in complete shock when I heard this.
At the same time, the number of projects for the US for the next twelve months was just to build 50 KHs for the entire country.
I confirmed this with two sources and have seen some practical evidence that is is true. I have said this before and I'll say it again - I cannot for the life of me understand what is going on with this. Clearly, this is a cash conservation effort - and it can't just be about the Warwick project because the sheer scale of the sell off and reduction in project activity. Even internal projects that have small cost to them with the branch office are being discontinued. The only theory that makes sense is either the theory about a huge investment loss of some type (in which case, why not tell the publisher what is going on so that if they want to contribute to make up the loss, they can do so) or they are putting together a huge fund to cover what they believe are contingent liabilities that will surface in the next 18 to 24 months. In either case, with the financial things that are going on and with the organizational changes happening where you don't have a clue what they are going to do next and there is no consistency to anything...I am super uncomfortable and just waiting for the change that makes me say I'm completely done with this mess.