Flint Group is laying off 81 workers at its plant in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, the News-Enterprise reports, citing a letter the company filed with the state.
In a March 27 letter to the Kentucky Division of Workforce Development, Melanie Caple, in human resources with Flint Group, said that the layoffs involved 68 production people, nine workers from admin and support and four in management, the paper reported.
The layoffs are permanent, according to the letter, and are set for on or around June 30.
“While Flint CPS Ink is not a unionized operation, we do have a workforce reduction policy that allows bumping of employee to take place; therefore we will work through the details over the next couple of weeks to notify the specific employees,” the letter says, according to the paper.
In bumping, an employee will be offered a lower-paying or lower-level job at a company that’s cutting the worker.
The letter also says Flint Group aims to use Right Management to help the laid-off workers in their job situation, the paper said.
Flint Group has said the cuts are linked to the company’s move to discontinue the making of in-house pigments.
“The structural decline in publication printing ink has led to shrinking demand in the primary sector served by Flint Group Pigments,” said Steve Dryden, CEO of CPS Inks, Flint Group’s offset ink business, in a press release.