Layoff expected to be short
IMP Aerostructures in the Amherst and Area Industrial Park has cut its workforce by 22. Company officials hope the layoff is only temporary after adding close to 150 positions in the past few years.
AMHERST – One of Amherst’s largest employers has cut its workforce, but its manager hopes the layoff will only be temporary.
IMP Aerostrutures, located in the industrial park, laid off 22 employees last week, bringing its workforce down to approximately 280.
“No one likes to see layoffs happen, but we’re in between contracts,” David Pearson said. “We had one contract ending and we’re still waiting for others to start.”
Pearson is not sure how long the layoff will last, but he’s optimistic it won’t be lengthy. He said there are multiple contracts in the pipeline and the aim is to start new contracts when others end. Unfortunately, because of timing the company couldn’t make that happen.
“We plan to have those people back to work as soon as possible. We’re always looking for more work to keep the plant busy. We’ve had a lot of success in the last couple of years, adding about 150 jobs, but we’re just in a position now that finds us between contracts,” Pearson said.
The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in Amherst in 2011 at which time its president, David Gossen, said IMP continues to have a great future in Amherst.