GREENBRIER LAYOFFS Greenbrier Lays Off Around 100 Employees; Calls Move "Temporary"
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Jan. 13, 2012 10:23 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 10:31 PM EST
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White Sulphur Springs
, West Virginia
Around 100 Greenbrier resort employees have lost their jobs.
Eyewitness News spoke to owner Jim Justice about the layoffs on Friday night. He says around 100 salaried employees were given the news on Friday that they were being laid off, and others will be on a low-earning status.
Justice says the resort dug itself deep in a hole last year, and didn't make it out with the start of 2012. He says the Greenbrier employs around 1,850 people, and with very few guests staying at the resort during the winter season, the layoffs were financially necessary.
Justice says he held a town hall style meeting last Friday to tell employs that the layoff announcement would be made this Friday.
Justice says his plan is to bring back the employees within 2 1/2 months, and is calling this a temporary move.
"Everybody counts on me to run the business and not get us in the shape that the Greenbrier was in in past years, years ago, which would be tragic to our state and everything else. We hope all this is just temporary, and everything else, and it is from the standpoint in every way."
Justice also says the employees laid off will continue to have insurance benefits.
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