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Notices paint picture of job loss

The impact of the novel coronavirus on the local economy is stunning — that’s the picture, at least a glimpse of one, painted by a half-dozen mass layoff notices filed so far with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Ultra Premium Services LLC in Brookfield, a pipe manufacturer in the gas and oil well industry, is laying off 121 employees effective April 17 due to an “unanticipated international oil price conflict and sudden drastic drop in oil prices along with the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the company’s notice.

The work stoppage at Ultra Premium is planned to be temporary, and so is the one for 190 employees at Brentwood Originals, but “given the nature of the present crisis, the company is operating on the assumption they will be permanent,” its letter states.

Brentwood, which operates at 1309 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, is a supplier of decorative pillows and a variety of other indoor and outdoor home items. The terminations were effective Monday.

Things Remembered has temporarily laid off 158 employees from its fulfillment center in North Jackson effective Monday.

“We do not expect the employment reductions to be long term, and anticipate recalling teammates as business conditions permit,” the company’s letter states.

The notices — required under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act — were received by the state starting March 17 — the day state officials delayed the primary election to slow the spread of the virus.

Ventra Salem, which makes components for the automotive industry, stopped production Friday. Temporarily affected were 794 employees. In addition, Cleveland-based Chilgo LLC, the operator of several Chili’s restaurants in Ohio, laid off 331 employees, including the workers at the Boardman restaurant.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, furloughed 410 of its 450 employees in Ohio, including those at Firebirds at the Eastwood Mall.

Both food operators expect the layoffs to be temporary.

Ohio has stopped providing daily updates of unemployment claim numbers after the White House instructed states to hold to weekly reports. As of the latest report on March 20, there were 139,468 new unemployment claims filed March 15 to 19. For March 8 to 12, there were 4,815.

rselak@tribtoday.com

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