WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - In a statement, Timeless Decor C.E.O. Lisa Weber, says the company is forced to say goodbye to 40 “highly committed, hard working team members.”
Weber states Timeless Decor is losing 85% of its sales after arts and crafts retail chain A.C. Moore stopped accepting custom framing orders as it goes through liquidation.
Weber calls the news a “complete surprise.”
We’ll hear from a couple of laid off workers at 6 and 11 PM tonight.
Here’s our reporting from December 23rd:
A number of workers at Timeless Decor in Watertown have reached out to 7News, saying they were abruptly laid off Monday afternoon.
Those employees, who have asked not to be named, say the sudden layoffs affect a majority of the company’s workforce, potentially 30 to 50 jobs.
We’ve spoken with three workers who were either laid off, or had family members or friends who were laid off, and we’ve reviewed social media posts from other workers who say they too have lost their jobs.
Workers are telling 7News they were made aware of the layoffs after 3 p.m. Monday. Timeless Decor is a custom frame manufacturer, and is known for framing art and photos. Employees say the company recently took a hit when one of its major customers, A.C. Moore Arts and Craft Stores, closed.
At today’s layoff meeting, workers were told the company is moving in a drastically new direction. It plans to keep some employees working.
7News has repeatedly reached out to Timeless Decor CEO Lisa Weber, but have not heard back.
Cheryl Mayforth, director of the WorkPlace, says she hadn’t heard about the layoffs as of Monday evening. Mayforth added she had not received a WARN notice from the company either.
Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees are required to give the state and potentially affected workers early notice of large scale layoffs.