MONACA (KDKA)- A glass maker is temporarily shutting down all of its U.S. plants, including the plant in Monaca.
Hundreds of workers at a Beaver County plant showed up at work this morning to find there was no work to be done.
KDKA’s Harold Hayes Reports:
Anchor Hocking in Monaca is temporarily shutdown for the next three to four weeks.
EveryWare Global, the parent company of Anchor Hocking and Oneida, announced a temporary shutdown of all of its US Plants.
More than 300 workers at the Monaca plant will now go without a paycheck for the next three to four weeks.
Works say it’s not unusual to have a planned shutdown, but this one was unannounced.
Some workers got calls, others got the news when they showed up.
The shutdown comes just after EveryWare Global announced a $38 million loss in the first quarter of 2014.
The company did not return calls or emails seeking comment, but a news release paints a grim financial picture.
Interim CEO Sam Solomon said, “While our results over the past several quarters have been disappointing, we are taking actions that we believe will better position us for future growth.”
In the meantime, Anchor Hocking will continue to serve customers with stock already on hand.
KDKA’s Trina Orlando Reports:
Some employees in the shipping and maintenance departments will continue to work.
Those who are furloughed are trying to stay optimistic and say they will rely on unemployment benefits.
Union leaders say they can’t comment on the situation because of a confidentiality agreement with Anchor Hocking. They could only say that they have a contract with the company and will enforce it the best they can.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released this statement on the situation:
“Labor & Industry has reached out to Anchor Hocking regarding any layoffs, but we have not yet heard back. Companies are not required to report temporary layoffs to L&I. They are required to only for permanent layoffs.”