May 28, 2009
Winfield's Rubbermaid plant will implement a temporary layoff program, company officials announced. Workers found out about the plan Wednesday.
The temporary workforce reduction will be in effect from June 6th through October 9th. Rubbermaid spokesperson Connie Bryant said the layoffs will be broken into three, six-week sessions, so employees could be off the job for six weeks, or the entire period.
Bryant said the layoff is in response to decreasing demand for coolers and outdoor storage sheds, manufactured at the facility. "Sales of these products continue to be affected by the decline in consumer spending, combined with the seasonality of many of the products", Bryant said.
Bryant said employees will be eligible for unemployment pay from the State during this period.
Neives Mexican Restaurant owner Tudy McCrealy says when people are without a paycheck, they usually cut going out to eat and that affects her business.
The Winfield Chamber of Commerce says it is keeping a positive attitude that the layoffs are only temporary and soon the workers will be back on the payroll.