BY BRIAN HAYTCHER
ASHTABULA — A wave of layoffs hit Ashtabula on Monday, as closures due to COVID-19 began to impact the supply chain.
Molded Fiberglass Composite Systems Company, located at 2925 MFG Place, laid off 382 employees from its Ashtabula location on Monday morning, according to information from CEO Richard Morrison.
The layoffs are due to the closure of the General Motors Bowling Green facility.
On March 18, General Motors announced that the company would be suspending production in North America, to sanitize areas. The closure of GM plants will last until at least March 30, according to a statement from GM. The Bowling Green location produces the Corvette, for which MFG makes parts.
The length of the layoffs is not known at the moment, according to Morrison.
MFG hopes to rehire the laid-off workers as soon as possible, Morrison said. MFG employees, both those laid off and those still working, will receive $200, according to Morrison. MFG employees who were laid off will continue to have their healthcare benefits paid for by MFG, according to a press release from the company.
“We’re trying to take good care of our people so we can get them back,” Morrison said.
MFG CSC now has 173 employees. The company will continue to produce truck, construction and electrical parts.