About 45 union workers are now out of a job after Classico Seating was placed into receivership Thursday.
United Steel Workers Local 2958 President Rex Ambrose said he was at the facility and at about 10 a.m. Thursday representatives from the bank were at the property and told the hourly employees to go home.
“I don’t think anybody was expecting that. The company’s not the one that shut it down,” Ambrose said.
Classico Seating Director of Manufacturing Operations Gary Stewart confirmed the situation, but could not comment on whether Classico will close or if it could eventually reopen.
“The company is in receivership and we’re finding out what the total effects of it are going to be. We really don’t have much information at this point because we don’t know it yet,” he said, adding “At this point and time we’re just giving it a few days for the dust to settle and see where it goes from there.”
From the union’s perspective, those 45 employees are “definitely out of a job.” Through layoffs over time, the number of employees has fallen from about 85 several years ago. Recently, employees were working on an on-call only basis, Ambrose said.