The story is still unfolding, but it seems that Shop-Vac is closing their Williamsport, Pennsylvania headquarters.
Shop-Vac is a widely recognized brand of heavy duty and wet-dry vacuums.
Shop-Vac describes their Williamsport, PA facility as their primary location and USA headquarters via LinkedIn, and this address is also prominently listed on their website.
News reports have said that most of Shop-vac’s 400+ Williamsport employees have lost their jobs. Reports say that first-shift workers were notified Tuesday morning as they arrived at work, and that a few administrative employees will remain through the end of the week.
There are reports that the workers have also lost their health insurance and benefits.
Notifications provided to workers are said to read:
We regret that we were unable to provide you with more notice. The current global pandemic and economic crisis has left the Company in dire financial conditions. The Company accordingly had been negotiating the sale of the business as a going concern, which, if such sale has been completed, would have enabled us to stay in business and continue the employment of employees. We fully anticipated the sale to be completed and for the buyer to hire all employees.
Unfortunately, the buyer without warning walked away from the deal. This unforeseeable business circumstance has left us with no choice but to close our facilities.
News reports say that all of Shop-Vac’s more than 400 employees at their Reach Road facility in Williamsport, PA will be losing their jobs. Shop-Vac is said to have more than 1700 employees worldwide.
There are more questions than answers.
First, with Shop-Vac closing what looks to be their USA headquarters, what’s to happen to the brand?
How will this affect existing customers, seeing as how their Williamsport, PA facility is (was) also the contact location for service requests?
Shop-Vac is a privately-owned company. At this time Shop-Vac’s Facebook page has been taken down. It is unknown as to how their facilities in NY and China will be affected by this or further developments. Shop-Vac has previously laid off 144 workers at their NY plant in mid-2019.
Shop-Vac is facing harsh criticisms for the abrupt layoffs, unexpectedly leaving their 400+ workers without jobs, health insurance, or benefits.
Please let us know if you have more details about this situation!
H/T: Travis (@ToolsbyDesign)
Update 9/18/20: Additional local reporting has said that Shop-Vac has closed or will be closing 3 separate Williamsport, PA facilities, and with layoffs of 427 workers set to continue into November.