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Anchor Hocking eliminates 32 positions |

Anchor Hocking eliminates 32 positions

LANCASTER – Anchor Hocking has eliminated 32 positions at its manufacturing plant here, Samantha Nahra, vice president of communications for The Oneida Group, said Monday.


The Oneida Group is the parent company of Anchor Hocking and makes glass products including dinnerware and drinkware.

Nahra said the moves “align our resources to customer demand.” She said the decision was necessary to right-size the business.

“We made this decision after careful and thoughtful evaluation,” Nahra said. “And we are committed to treating employees with respect and dignity as they transition to their next opportunities.”

The company said the layoffs still leave the local plant with more than 800 employees.

United Steel Workers staff representative Ken Lefever said he is filing a grievance to get the jobs back. But, he said, that process could take six months.

Lefever also said he doesn’t understand what the company is thinking with the layoffs, which he said did not require Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) because the number of employees affected is less than 50.

Earlier this year, Anchor Hocking decided to go with only one tank for production here.

The news comes after The Oneida Group moved its corporate headquarters out of Lancaster and into Columbus in April.

However, the company said at the time the production plant will remain open here. Oneida said the Lancaster plant is fundamental to its long-term glass manufacturing, distribution, and supply-chain business plans.

In March the company announced the elimination of 10 jobs across finance and material planning departments at Anchor Hocking to “operate more efficiently and profitably,” according to an internal letter sent to some employees.

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