Cartmill expects affected employees back on the job in early 2014
The president and CEO of LED Roadway Lighting says layoffs at his company’s Amherst manufacturing facility are just temporary.
Layoffs at LED Roadway Lighting are only temporary, says the company's CEO.
AMHERST – The president and CEO of LED Roadway Lighting says layoffs at his company’s Amherst manufacturing facility are just temporary and that the future of the company is still bright.
“We have millions of dollars in orders, but they’re just not released. That’s just the way things go,” Cartmill told the Citizen-Record on Monday. “We had geared up to busy, but it’s just the way the business cycle goes this time of year.”
Cartmill said there is lots of work still going on at the Amherst facility and lots more work coming there early in 2014. When that work arrives, he expects all those displaced in recent weeks to be called back.
He said part of the problem right now is many customers prefer not to install lights in colder weather and that many of the purchase orders the company has are for delivery in early 2014. Because of this, he said, they haven’t been released to be manufactured. When they are, however, things will get very busy again at the Amherst plant.
The company president said the layoffs were a bit of a blip in what has been another very successful year for his company. Cartmill said there continues to be “growth well into the double digits” and its product continues to win praise and awards.
The company is presently exploring other opportunities and is participating in a trial in Bermuda that could see its fixtures used there.
Last week, LED Roadway Lighting laid off an additional 14 employees, bringing the total to 45 over the last three weeks. Cartmill said the timing of the layoffs is very unfortunate, but he said those affected will be back on the job early in 2014.
“This year we’re hitting our forecast and we were expecting to exceed our forecast, based on December, but things happened and that’s just the way it is,” Cartmill said. “I really hate to let anyone go at this time of the year, but when you have equity investors, like the province, they expect you to put the business first at all costs and you have to do that. If you look after the business, the business can look after the people long term. That’s always been our approach.”