KREAMER – Hundreds of employees at a Valley cabinetry company have lost their jobs unexpectedly. Former 43-year Wood-Mode employee, 62-year-old Keith Lauver, in an exclusive interview with WKOK, says he was part of about 800 people laid off at 3 p.m. Monday.
Lauver tells us all employees were hand delivered a letter informing them of the company’s decision. He says the company will be closed Tuesday, but some employees will get calls to back to work Wednesday to finish final orders and products.
Lauver also tells WKOK police officers were also called to the company site in case any problems occurred. Middleburg Police, who led the response, tells WKOK they were also assisted by Snyder County Sherriff’s Office and Selinsgrove state police. Officers say no incidents were reported and they were dispatched around 2:30 p.m. They cleared the scene in two and a half hours.
Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz tells WKOK he has a call into an attorney to see if Wood-Mode officials violated the Warn Act, which requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide a 60-day advance notice of closings or mass layoffs. He says he’s not sure if the county can do anything.
The state is offering assistance to those affected, that information is posted here.