In the aftermath of a structural collapse that killed two workers and injured several others, International Nutrition announced Friday that the company will lay off 25 employees and outsource the work while rebuilding their facility.
The company’s plant near 77th and I streets toppled a week ago last Monday. Investigators are still in the process of trying to determine why that happened.
On Friday, the company issued the following statement from International Nutrition President Steve Silver.
“As a result of the recent accident, we have lost our production facility and our ability to produce product. That is forcing us to outsource production elsewhere.
Since it will be months before our structure can be torn down and rebuilt, we are left with no other choice but to lay off 25 employees involved in the production process. We are providing severance to all affected employees, and our HR department is helping with any questions they may have. Additionally, the Nebraska Department of Labor is helping employees apply for unemployment benefits.
In the meantime, we are continuing to do business as best we can by outsourcing production. This is allowing us to retain employees as we continue to handle customer orders.
We do plan to rebuild the plant, and when production resumes, hope to rehire available employees. I am hopeful OSHA will quickly conclude its investigation and clear the way for us to rebuild and rehire employees.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of employees who died in the accident, and with those employees recovering from injuries. I also would like to express my thanks to all employees for their ongoing support during this difficult time.”
– Steve Silver, President, International Nutrition