Carriage House layoffs less than expected

It could have been worse.

The New York State Department of Labor has provided an update on the status of Carriage House employees who were notified of impending layoffs from the Talcott Street facility in Dunkirk in January.

According to Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notifications posted recently on the state website, 18 production employees and five administration employees have been released. Of the original total of 133 employees, 100 production and 10 administrative employees have been absorbed in the Carriage House Fredonia facility.

Production ended at the Talcott Street facility which made sandwich spreads and drink mix products on April 12

“They’ve absorbed most of the people in the Fredonia plant by eliminating the Kelly Services people,” Tom Dickerson, president of Chapter 26, National Conference Firemen & Oilers District of Local 32 BJ/SEIU, told the OBSERVER. “We have enough people right now and there is a possibility of some more business, but we aren’t sure of that yet.”

The reason for the dislocation of the employees is listed as economic in the latest WARN notice. Petri Baking Products in Silver Creek and Carriage House were purchased by ConAgra Foods Inc. in January.

There has been no update on the WARN site about Petri Baking Products since employees were notified in April the plant’s closing had been pushed back until sometime this summer. The plant is listed as having 228 employees and is slated to start laying them off on June 15 or within 14 days of that date. Layoffs will continue until the plant is closed due to economic reasons.