Local firm laying off 68 furloughed employees due to COVID-19

Sean McDonnell
Beacon Journal

A local company will lay off more than 60 already-furloughed employees due to the effects that COVID-19 is having on travel.

Maritz is a sales and marketing company in Twinsburg that also plans large events like trade shows. The company said in a filing to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services that 68 already-furloughed employees will lose their jobs permanently.

The company said in the filing that it relies on large group events and travel, and experienced a downturn in business because of local shutdown orders and Centers for Disease Control guidance recommending decreased travel.

The company furloughed 68 employees between April 16 and Aug. 1, with most temporary layoffs occurring between April and June, according to the document.

According to the filing, Maritz expected that the downturn wouldn’t last more than six months, but due to many COVID-19 orders being extended, it would have to make temporary layoffs permanent.

The layoffs will happen over time, according to the filing. The 24 employees furloughed in April will be let go in October, and the later employees were furloughed, the later their last day will be. The layoffs will take place until February 2021, but most employees will be laid off by Dec. 1.