Tableware specialist halts USA production
Libbey has confirmed temporary changes to its USA glass tableware operations in response to the continued spread of Covid-19 and uncertainty regarding the potential impact on the company's business demand. In light of the rapidly evolving situation, the company temporarily halted production at its Toledo, Ohio and Shreveport, Louisiana manufacturing facilities for a minimum of two weeks on 23 March. As part of the transition, various employees across the USA manufacturing facilities have been temporarily laid off. During this timeframe, benefits remain in place.
"In accordance with the guidance of global health professionals and in light of rapidly evolving market conditions, we made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend production at our facilities and close our US stores during this period of unprecedented uncertainty" said Mike Bauer, Chief Executive Officer of Libbey. "Safeguarding the health and safety of our associates, customers and the communities we serve is our top priority and in anticipation of ongoing market headwinds, we believe this decision is prudent and necessary. We will continue to closely monitor the situation across our global facilities and will make adjustments as necessary. We remain committed to upholding our mission of creating the most rewarding experiences for customers and end users."