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West Michigan companies issue nearly 4,100 layoffs, furloughs

BY MIBIZ STAFF Tuesday, April 07, 2020 09:22am

Companies across West Michigan continue to report mass layoffs to the state as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

The latest companies to issue Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filings include HVAC contractors, the region’s largest YMCA, hospitality groups and manufacturers. Combined, the companies issued layoffs or furloughs to just shy of 4,100 workers, according to an analysis of WARN filings.

Companies issuing WARN filings include: 

  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, temporary layoffs of 1,295 workers across locations in Kent and Barry counties
  • Traverse City resort and waterpark Great Wolf Lodge, temporary furloughs for 317 workers
  • Automotive supplier IAC Mendon LLC, permanent layoffs of 311 workers in Mendon in St. Joseph County
  • Cascade Township-based Quality Air Heating and Cooling Inc., temporary furloughs of 212 workers 
  • Running and outdoor lifestyle retailer Gazelle Sports, layoffs affecting 164 workers in Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Holland, Northville and Birmingham
  • Fluid Routing Solutions LLC in Big Rapids, temporary layoffs of 150 workers
  • Spire Hospitality, temporary layoffs of 95 people at the DoubleTree Hotel in Kentwood
  • Plastic injection molder TriStar Molding Inc., 74 layoffs at its plant in Marcellus in Southwest Michigan’s Cass County 
  • Convivial Brand ELC Inc., temporary layoffs of 48 employees in Grand Rapids and Wyoming
  • Pigment maker Americhem Inc., temporary furloughs of 17 people in Grand Rapids
  • Barber Packaging Co., layoffs affecting 12 workers at its location in Bangor in Van Buren County
  • H&R Wood Specialties Inc., layoffs affecting eight employees in Gobles in Van Buren County

Previously, MiBiz reported that German auto supplier Benteler Automotive Corp. issued layoffs across its three West Michigan locations affecting 673 people in Grand Rapids, 185 people in Galesburg and 160 people in Holland. As well, Portage-based automotive supplier Mann+Hummel USA Inc. also notified the state that it was laying off 377 workers at its plant in Portage.

These layoffs reflect only large corporations that have filed notices with Michigan Workforce Development Agency through April 6. The state posts WARN Act filings within a few days of receiving the notices. 

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