DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WIVB) — Layoffs are hitting a biotechnology plant in Dunkirk, leaving almost 40 employees searching for new jobs.

ImmunityBio, Inc. placed 38 employees on “inactive status” as of Sept. 29, terminating those employees as of Dec. 28.

In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed with the New York State Department of Labor, the company cited the economy as the reason for the layoffs.

The employees of the plant aren’t represented by a union.

ImmunityBio remains committed to the Dunkirk, NY area and the large-scale manufacturing facility. However, following in-depth review, we have determined that the current facility in Dunkirk has construction needs that may take approximately 12-18 months in order to enable the facility to be used as it has been intended. For this reason, we will need fewer employees during the construction period, but employees who were laid off may reapply for open positions as they become available.”

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