CORRECTION: Workers in Beaver County, Pennsylvania have returned to work after layoffs earlier in the year due to COVID-19.
A WARN notice announcing the layoffs was posted recently to the Department of Labor’s website, but according to a supervisor at Great Arrow Builders, LLC in Monaca, that layoff is not current.
Great Arrow Builders laid off 6,000 workers in March, but the majority have returned to work.
Michael Marr, a company spokesperson, issued the following statement Thursday:
“Great Arrow Builders (GAB) made the notification in question pursuant to federal employment law, which requires an employer to provide advance notice under certain circumstances, such as a group layoff exceeding six months or a reduction in hours of work occurring over a six-month period. This legally required notification does not reflect the current GAB employment levels at the Pennsylvania Chemicals facility. Of the nearly 6,000 GAB workers who were furloughed when we temporarily shut down the site on March 18, approximately 4,200 have already returned to work at the site. This remobilization has been at a thoughtful and deliberate pace based on specific external and internal site factors, such as local COVID-19 community and on-site trends, health screening results, workforce stability, governmental requirements or guidance, and the mitigation measures we implemented at the site around social distancing.
“We anticipate continuing to safely add more workers in the weeks ahead using the same measured rate to align with the guidelines around the protection of both our workers and our community.
“Our current safety protocols include an onsite COVID-19 testing lab for returning and symptomatic workers, social distancing protocols, and lunchroom protocols wherein workers eat 2 to a table, separated by plexiglass. Currently, we have 4 active COVID-19 cases onsite, among a workforce of approximately 5,000.”
Great Arrow Builders is a construction services company that hires workers for excavation, concrete work and piping work, among other things. The company also offers construction management services, engineering design input and inspection and test plans.