Corhart to lay off up to 64 workers

Officials with the Corhart plant in Buckhannon announced that as many as 64 employees will be temporarily furloughed beginning July 1.

The layoffs are not expected to be permanent, according to plant manager Jay Martin in a Notice of Mass Layoffs statement required under Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

“That number is a worst-case scenario,” Saint Gobain corporate spokesman Bill Seiberlich said. “We hope it will be fewer than that.”

Seiberlich said the furloughs will be done in stages, and they will be done as business conditions dictate. He said the demand for some of its products in the reinforcement market has declined recently. Corhart manufactures refractory products for the glass industry.

“We hope to bring our people back as soon as we can,” Seiberlich said. “It will depend on the work we have on the floor.”

There are about 150 employees working at the Buckhannon facility, and the production employees are represented for collective bargaining purposes by the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO-CLC and the local union No. 477. There are seniority and qualification rights in the agreement between the company and the local union.

Seiberlich said there is no timetable as to when the furloughed workers could expect to return to their jobs. He said that will be determined as business conditions improve.