round of layoffs set for this week at Vernay
Vernay Laboratories third scheduled layoff will take place Friday,
Jan. 31, two weeks later than the originally scheduled date of Jan. 17,
a company spokesman said.
This week 15 production workers will be laid off, Vernay Plant Manager
Mike Maloy said last week. Most of the affected workers have been employed
at the plant 10 years or more, Maloy said.
The layoff delay is due to managements concern over maintaining
an efficient production process, Maloy said. We thought it was in
the best interest of the company to make sure the products are moving
successfully, he said.
Last June, the company announced that it would close its two Dayton Street
production plants, shifting production to the companys plants in
Georgia and South Carolina. Company officials cited as reasons for the
plant closings a shifting customer base, outdated production techniques
at the Dayton Street plants and the costs associated with the environmental
cleanup planned at the local facility.
The June announcement pinpointed the end of 2002 as the closing date for
the companys largest plant and mid-2003 as the final date for the
However, in December officials revised that schedule due to shifting production
needs, forecasting that the larger plant would close in September 2003,
and the smaller one would remain open for the foreseeable future.
The companys headquarters and research and design facilities, located
on South College Street, will remain in Yellow Springs for the foreseeable
future, Vernay President and CEO Tom Allen has said.
The two Vernay plants employed about 175 workers when last years
announcement was made. Since that time, the 25 workers with the lowest
seniority were laid off in October, 15 in December and 25 to 30 took early
Upcoming layoff dates, which the company announced in December, include
30 workers on Feb. 28, 15 on June 6 and 15 on Sept. 12.
At that point, the remaining 35 workers will work in the smaller Plant
2, union representative Ralph Foster said.
The future layoffs will take place as scheduled, Maloy said last week.
When company management announced the upcoming layoff dates in December,
production workers found out for the first time exactly which employees
would be laid off at each date. While workers appreciate holding their
jobs longer than expected, the changes in layoff dates can have a disorienting
effect, Foster said.
Its an up and down situation, he said of the revised
layoff dates. Its kind of nerve-wracking.
The overall mood in the plant is one of resignation to the layoffs, Foster
No one wants to lose their job, he said. But people
are still coming in, doing what they can, doing what theyre told.