LED Roadway cuts workforce

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45 employees let go over last three weeks

Officials at LED Roadway Lighting are saying nothing about the latest round of layoffs.

Officials at LED Roadway Lighting are saying nothing about the latest round of layoffs.

UPDATED: 3:56 p.m.

AMHERST – Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell says the new Liberal government is willing to work with officials at LED Roadway Lighting after the company cut 45 employees.

"I've been in constant contact with the company and will be talking to them about what we can do as a government to help," Farrell said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm doing what I can to keep (Economic and Rural Development Minister) Michel Samson and the premier updated on the situation."

Farrell's comments come after the company laid off another 14 employees on Monday. Company officials are saying nothing about the job cuts at one of Amherst’s newest and most successful companies.

Farrell said he believes the cuts are related to orders and he's optimistic the displaced workers will be called back to work once orders are received.

"I don't want to say we're concerned because we are very concerned about any job losses, and I'm very concerned that is has happened at this time of year. It's a horrible time to lose a job, "Farrell said. "Still, I believe this is just a short-term thing and part of a cycle in the industry."

An affected employee said the layoff was a surprise.

“It’s been very tense up there the last few weeks. Every time someone came in there was a fear that this was the day,” said the employee who asked not to be identified. “It still came as a shock, though, because some of us were still pretty busy.”

The employee believes the layoff has to do with a lack of orders, but is confident it will only be a short layoff. Despite this, the employee said, the timing is not the best.

“It’s not a very good time of year for this to be happening, right before Christmas,” the employee said. “My group was told we’d be back in January, but the last group to be let go was told it could be February.”

Calls to LED Roadway offices in Amherst and Halifax were not returned.

Amherst Mayor Robert Small said he's heard nothing official about the job losses, but from what he has heard believes them to be temporary while the company awaits new orders.

"From what I understand, and it's based on rumours, they're just between contracts," the mayor said. "It's unfortunate that it's happening because Christmas is already a time when people's budgets are stretched and every dollar has to count."

The mayor said he has a call into LED, but has yet to receive a response. He will be offering any assistance the town can provide, but is confident the company will remain a key part of Amherst.

"LED has definitely been in growth mode for several years now and I was recently at a reception at which time the company indicated there are some big contracts on the way," Small said.

In January, the province announced a $1-million equity investment in the manufacturer. The investment was part of a $5-million round of investment for working capital to help the company meet demand, expand operations and create new jobs.

 

 

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland North

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  • Tex'a Scotian
    December 06, 2013 - 22:12

    The more things change... I enjoy reading your paper from time to time. I get to spend a few minutes reveling in the fading memories of my youth in Amherst. Reading your paper also reaffirms my decision to escape, and leave Amherst in my rear view mirror exactly 30 years ago. I imagined by now the people of Amherst would have learned that when governments try picking winners and losers, the taxpayers always lose. I guess I should have known that nothing would change. Nova Scotia is very, very good at forcing anyone who disagrees with big government, high taxes, closed minded policy to take the first bus /train /plane down the road to anyplace else. Your province is a "Tyranny of Consensus" where only those who agree that everything is just a okay are welcome to contribute. Everyone else needs to find an exit, any way they can.

  • lol
    December 04, 2013 - 08:37

    Yup, gov money put into this pics in the paper, growing company, hiring all kinds of people. gonna be good for Amherst. Now layoffs. Wow is all I can say. Just another downfall for this town. Way to keep jobs going small, keep up the good work.

  • Mad Mac
    December 03, 2013 - 16:48

    "In January, the province announced a $1-million equity investment in the manufacturer. The investment was part of a $5-million round of investment for working capital to help the company meet demand, expand operations and create new jobs." OK, so how is that money working out for you?