Huber Engineered Woods laid off 28 employees at its Commerce oriented strand board (OSB) plant last week.
That amounted to about a quarter of the plant’s labor force.
“Due to the ongoing worldwide financial crisis and the significant downturn in the U.S. housing market which have adversely affected our business, we have unfortunately had to lay off 28 of our employees at the Huber Engineered Woods LLC (HEW) plant in Commerce,” said Robert Currie, vice president and chief communications and public affairs officer. “A decision like this is never easy — especially in view of the overall job market. Huber Engineered Woods has made every effort possible to avoid this action. However, the drastic decline in housing starts and overall economic downturn has created unprecedented challenges to Huber and the overall housing industry.”
The plant has continued to manufacture its flooring, decking and other products used primarily in homebuilding, but sales could not keep apace with production as the homebuilding industry across America has come to a virtual halt.
Currie stressed the difficulty in making the cuts.
“This action is in no way a reflection on the work that was performed by the terrific people we will be losing,” Currie said by email. “Our company considers layoffs a last resort, and we are saddened by the fact that this was action was necessary.”
The plant will continue to operate with a staff of 86.
02/23/09 at 03:31 PM
I understand that layoffs are a
but when you have a layoff, you don't just lay off 28
people, you lay off 28 families. My husband was one of the ones laid off and now we are struggling to save our house. Its a scary world right now and you never know when the economy is going to pick back up. All you can do is hope for the best. I keep all the families that this layoff has effected in my prayers.