Layoffs at Roxul’s Grand Forks facility

Roxul Inc. has laid off 19 employees in Grand Forks.

The layoffs came into effect on Monday and took place mainly for two reasons, Leslie McLaren, Roxul Inc’s North American government affairs and corporate communications manager, told the Grand Forks Gazette.

“The layoffs are really due to seasonal fluctuations in our business, in combination with some pretty high inventory levels,” McLaren said.

“We did apply for the work share program through Service Canada to try to avoid the layoffs.”

McLaren said they did it with support from the union.

“We’re very appreciative of the support the union gave us to that application but unfortunately our (work share) application was not approved,” she said.

So far, there is no set date for when the workers can come back to work.

“At this point I don’t have a back to work date but I can certainly tell you that our goal is to have everybody back to work as soon as possible,” said McLaren.

“We are certainly not anticipating any additional layoffs in the future.”