Last week, two Michigan businesses announced layoffs that will impact more than 280 individuals. On August 14, 2017, Great Lakes Wine & Spirits filed a WARN Notice with the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. According to the documentation, the company will be shutting down its Petoskey Depot, which is located at 5692 South US31 in Petoskey, Michigan.
Simultaneously, Great Lakes will reduce their workforce at their Gaylord and Traverse City locations. The layoffs will impact approximately 101 individuals. The layoffs are expected to begin on October 9, 2017 and will continue for eleven days. Some of the employees are represented by the Teamsters Local 406 and Local 1038 unions and will have bumping rights.
The announcement comes as Great Lakes Wine & Spirits has decided to sell its beer distribution rights in Traverse City and Petoskey to Alliance Beverage Distributing LLC. Alliance Beverage has expressed interest in interviewing and hiring many of the laid off workers.
On August 15, 2017, Dairy Fresh Foods Inc. submitted a WARN Notice with the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth. Detroit City Dairy or Dairy Fresh Foods will be shutting down its business operations at 21405 Trolley Industrial Drive in Taylor, Michigan. All employees at the location will be laid off. The layoffs are expected to begin on October 13 and will last through October 27, 2017.
In total, 180 employees will be laid off, due to the closure. The impacted employees are represented by the Teamsters Local 337 union, but do not have bumping rights. 57 of the impacted employees worked in the facility’s warehouse, while 45 worked as drivers. The company, which distributes food under its own private label, supplies foods in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.
It is unclear what will happen to the 200,000-square-foot-facility. Motivation for the layoffs is unknown. Earlier this month, Molina Medical Management Inc. announced it would be closing its Midwest Medical Center. The closure of the facility, which is located at 4700 Schaefer Road in Dearborn, will lead to 120 layoffs. Those layoffs are scheduled to begin on October 1, 2017 and expand over a period of 14 days.