Outside the Founders Brewing Co. production facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Outside the Founders Brewing Co. production facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Founders Brewing Furloughs 163 Employees Amid COVID-19 Closure

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Founders Brewing Co. will furlough 163 employees in Michigan due to the ongoing coronavirus closure.

The company announced Wednesday the furlough is expected to last less than six months. However, because of the uncertainty of the situation, the layoff is considered “indefinite,” reports WDIV.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our business and industry hard,” said Mike Stevens, Founders Brewing Co. CEO in a statement. “Founders has been very fortunate to have continued paying our retail teams since we closed our tap rooms on March 13th. However, this week we announced the difficult decision to furlough those team members starting May 3rd until we have better clarity on where we as a business, and society, go from here. We did not take this decision lightly and hope to bring back our furloughed staff as soon as possible.”

The impacted employees are retail staff, according to the company. The furlough impacts employees working at the Detroit Taproom on Charlotte Street, the Grand Rapids Taproom, and the Company Store.

In a letter to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, also sent to Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the company provided notice of the furloughs in order to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Notice Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), reports MLive.

The Grand Rapids-based brewery reopened its Detroit location at 456 Charlotte St. February 6th after more than three months of being closed.

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