Ohio Jobs Agency Responds To Furloughs At Lancaster Glass Plant

Anchor Hocking Glass(Photo: Anchor Hocking Facebook)
Anchor Hocking Glass(Photo: Anchor Hocking Facebook)

A Central Ohio glassware manufacturer has stopped production. Anchor-Hocking in Lancaster abruptly halted operations with little notice to the company’s 1,100 workers.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services spokesman Ben Johnson says it’s uncertain how long the lay-offs will last.

“And we don’t know at this point that this is in fact a mass lay-off. It may very well be just a furlough. Whether it is a mass lay-off or not we are prepared to respond in events like this where large employers make a decision that affects large number of employees,” says Johnson.

On its website, Anchor-Hocking’s parent firm, Every Ware Global says the shutdown of Lancaster’s glassware factory is expected to last three or four weeks. But the length of the lay-offs depends on what the company calls “numerous business factors.” Some workers are being furloughed without pay.

Johnson says his agency will make a “rapid response” to Anchor Hocking lay-offs.

“We’re doing everything we can to provide immediately unemployment compensation and then if this furlough were to turn into a permanent layoff for some employees we would provide additional services at that time,” says Johnson.

Anchor Hocking began in Lancaster in 1905.