BUFFALO, NY (WIVB)-It no longer seems to be a question of if but when New Era Cap Company will close its manufacturing plant in Derby. New Era informed its workers this morning that the Derby manufacturing plant is now targeted to close sometime between March 15 to March 29.
The NY State Labor Department's Rapid Response Team will go there next week to start helping workers update their resumes, do skill assessments or help the 218 workers find funding to return to school for training if they choose, according to Carolyn bright, a Career Training Center manager for the Labor Department. "The unemployment rate is the lowest that its been in over 30 years and we have businesses that are constantly reaching out to us telling us that they need quality candidates."
Dozens of other companies have already reached out to New Era inquiring about hiring displaced workers, One of them is Dival Safety, which does a similar kind of embroidering work. Although it's not a union shop like New Era, Dival has been hiring a couple dozen new employees every year.
"We've been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Western new York for the past fourteen years, every single year. So I think that's a testimony to our compensation package and how we treat our employees," said Dival vice president Dale Lesinski. "This is probably, if you're going to be laid off, there's never a good time, but the fact that we have businesses willing to help them, we have staff whose available to work with them to get them back to work as a possibility that's a plus."
The Labor Department's Carolyn Bright sees a positive outlook for the New Era employees"This is probably, if you're going to be laid off, there's never a good time, but the fact that we have businesses willing to help them, we have staff whose available to work with them to get them back to work as a possibility that's a plus."
Anyone who is currently looking for wrk is invited to a Career Job Fair on Thursday December 6 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at 284 Main Street near swan Street in downtown Buffalo.