Jeffboat to lay off 226 employees, its second round of job cuts in 3 months
By the end of April, Jeffboat will lay off 226 employees at its shipyard on Market Street in Jeffersonville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- By the end of April, Jeffboat will lay off 226 employees at its shipyard on Market Street in Jeffersonville.
The company announced the layoffs Friday afternoon, but said it does not "intend to close the facility."
The layoffs begin on Monday and will continue through April.
Back in November, Jeffboat announced 278 layoffs, which the company said would begin on Nov. 1 and run through the first quarter of 2018. In 2013, Jeffboat said it would invest $3.5 million to add a fourth production line and about 100 additional workers at the plant. At that time, the plant employed about 800. As of Nov. 1, 2017, the company employed about 600 people.
City leaders are doing what they can to help those facing unemployment.
"When this happened in November, I reached out to some of the businesses in the port," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said. "Certainly, if you're a skilled welder, there are other opportunities for you. I'm confident that we can find some places for the employment of those folks."
Teamsters Local 89 also pledged to help those affected find replacement jobs.
Below is the WARN notice from Jeffboat, which includes the list of positions affected by layoffs:
And here is the WARN notice related to the 278 layoffs that began in November 2017:
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