Refrigeration supplier Norcold Inc. laid off a total of about 144 employees between September and December 2008 at its Sidney, Ohio, facility before recalling more than 60 of those employees, the company has told Ohio government.
But, according to a report in the Dayton Daily News, the weak economy may force the company to extend the layoff for some workers. Norcold is a subsidiary of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp.
“In the last week, it has come to Norcold’s attention that the worsening economy may lengthen the current layoffs,” Mary Walter, Norcold human resources manager, wrote in a Feb. 18 letter to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “For example, Norcold’s OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) have now informed us that their plant shutdowns will be longer than anticipated.”
Walter wrote that the company hopes its layoffs “continue to be temporary.”
Norcold did not give the state Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification (WARN) notices earlier regarding its laid-off employees because those layoffs unfolded in “relatively small” numbers, Walter wrote.
“Norcold is now taking a conservative approach, and is giving its employees notice under the WARN Act,” Walter’s letter says.
The state puts the number of Norcold employees affected between Sept. 30, 2008 and Jan. 27, 2009 at 95.