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PFL lays off 67 employees in Montana and Indiana

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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The PrintingForLess office and production plant on Tuesday morning.

PFL on Tuesday announced the layoff of 67 employees in  Indiana and Montana, with about half of the layoffs impacting the company’s Livingston facility.

The layoffs are part of a broader effort to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which is already impacting the company’s bottom line, said Andrew Field, CEO of PFL.

“We have experienced a sudden and unexpected drop in revenue since the beginning of this crisis,” Field said in a statement. “We must act responsibly and quickly to guide our company through this challenging time.” 

Field said the company still employs more than 300 people, adding that PFL continues to rank among the largest employers in the Treasure State, with employees in Livingston, Billings and Bozeman.

Other cost-cutting measures — including salary reductions for executives and some managers and a hiring freeze — have also been implemented, the news release said.

The company has also suspended all business travel in an effort to reduce expenses and to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19, according to the release.

皇冠体育appPFL asked its employees last week to immediately begin working from home, if able, in accordance with social distancing instructions from state and national officials, the release said.

   “Special measures have also been taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of manufacturing employees remaining on-site in the Livingston location,” the release said. “Outside visitors are being asked to reschedule meetings to a future date.”

皇冠体育appField told The Livingston Enterprise on Tuesday that PFL is a technology company, and that transitioning to a work-from-home model was a straightforward process.

At the same time, additional precautions are being taken in the company’s manufacturing facility to help safeguard employees from illness, including spray bottles and isopropyl alcohol used to sanitize equipment.

皇冠体育appWork also continues in the company’s Livingston fulfillment center, where the company recently sent out hundreds of kits for ventilators to ensure the machines are being used correctly.

Field said PFL is like many companies feeling the strain of the economic slowdown created in response to COVID-19.

“I hope before too long to be able to rehire many of those people,” he said. “We are in the same situation as the rest of the country and the rest of the world.”

Employees impacted by the layoffs will receive severance pay and a packet of information to help them file for unemployment, Field said. PFL is also paying the first month of the employees’ COBRA insurance, he said.

No PFL employees have shown symptoms or tested positive for the virus, the news release said.

PFL leadership has been proactive, the release said, in taking steps to protect against the transmission or contraction of the virus.

皇冠体育app“Our team is confident that we will emerge from this challenge, able to continue the growth that our customers and employees have come to expect from PFL,” Field said in the release.

Leslie Feigel, CEO of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau, said that while the layoffs are unfortunate, a number of incentives are available to businesses impacted by COVID-19.

皇冠体育appFeigel added that there are also small business loans, which are being tailored and expedited to help businesses.

皇冠体育app“We are encouraging all businesses to take advantage of that at this time,” Feigel said.

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