Hardwood flooring giant AHF lays off more than 200, says virus hurting demand
April 27, 2020 | 10:25 am CDT
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BEVERLY, W. Va. - Hardwood flooring giant AHF Products will furlough 215 employees at its manufacturing plant in Beverly, West Virginia.
 
“The past several weeks have been like no other that we have experienced in our lifetime,” said plant manager Blaine Emery. “The current pandemic situation has impacted hardwood flooring demand significantly, and as a result, has forced AHF to reassess its workforce needs. We understand the impact these layoffs will have on the families of those affected and look forward to getting people back to work as soon as we can.”
 
Affected staff includes supervisors, operators, and maintenance and support staff, reports the Inter Mountain.
 
AHF, which is headquartered in Pennsylvania and runs seven U.S. manufacturing plants, has implemented several cost-savings initiatives - including a 401(k) match suspension, hiring freeze, and pay cuts. The company employs around 1,700 workers total.

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