ELYRIA, Ohio—3M Co. has filed a WARN letter with the state, officially announcing its upcoming layoffs in Elyria.
The company previously announced plans to close its Elyria plant, located at 1301 Lowell St.
3M spokesperson Fanna Haile-Selassie said the closure has nothing to do with the employees at the plant and that it is a business decision. The company is getting out of the majority of the cellulose block business, instead focusing on the finished sponge business, due to increased competition in markets like Europe.
According to the letter, about 136 employees will lose their jobs. Layoffs will begin around May 31 and should continue through about Aug. 31.
Union employees may be able to use their bumping rights, the letter stated. About 106 are represented by Workers United union, Local 1406T, according to the letter. Employees will be offered severance benefits and will be able to look for other jobs within 3M.