Cause of Carriage House closing changed

The Carriage House facility in Dunkirk is being closed due to the sale of the company, according to an updated notice filed on the state’s Worker’s Adjustment and Retraining Notification website. The first WARN notice was dated Jan. 3 and had the closing due to economic reasons. The update was posted Jan. 7.

Both WARN notices list a closing date of April 5 with all layoffs within 14 days of that date. In addition, both notices state 133 employees will be affected. When the first WARN notice was posted it stated 118 employees would be affected.

According to an earlier release from Carriage House’s parent company Ralcorp, the closure is due to a re-allocation of manufacturing to maximize capacity and capabilities at other facilities within the United States. The layoffs will affect both hourly and salaried employees.

The WARN notice for Petri’s in Silver Creek is dated Jan. 3 and states 228 employees will be terminated, with 35 of those occurring April 4 or within 14 days of that date. The notice states layoffs will begin April 4 or within 14 days of that date and will continue until the plant closing is completed. The sale of the company is listed as the reason for the closing, which is expected to be complete in the summer.

Petri’s employees are not represented by a union while many Carriage House employees are represented by Chapter 26, National Conference Firemen & Oilers District of Local 32 BJ/S.E.I.U.

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