The number of layoffs across the United States has climbed rapidly during the past weeks and much of that has to do with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On March 19, 2020, Sub-Zero Group Inc. submitted a WARN with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development confirming plans to cease all facilities. The layoffs will impact two locations in Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
- Subzero Inc. at 6061 Basswood Drive
- Wolf Appliance Inc. at 2866 Bud’s Drive
The layoffs will continue until at least April 13, 2020. The cessation of operations is scheduled to begin with the 3rd shift on March 22, 2020. The ongoing developments with the spread of the COVID-19 virus across the country and resulting unanticipated economic impacts on the economy are cited as reasons for the closure.
The company anticipates that most employees will be recalled to work on or after April 13, 2020 but some employees will not be recalled. Some employees are represented by a union. Since this is a complete cessation of operations, bumping rights will not be available.
In total, the company will be temporarily laying off 1,043 workers. Some of the workers are being described as assemblers, material handlers, and maintenance mechanics. The full WARN can be found here.