Sun Products reportedly to lay off 50 local employees
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 12:31

Plant located at former Lever Brothers site

by Ben Boehl

    Bill Howard is a 15-year employee of Sun Products Corporation, the manufacturer now operating the former Lever Brothers plant on Holabird Avenue.
    Howard said that employees were notified last week that Sun’s corporate headquarters had decided to lay off 50 workers at the Baltimore plant.
    With his seniority, Howard was able to hold to his job, for now.
    “A lot of these employees are from Dundalk, Essex and the surrounding neighborhoods. I would say half of them are from Dundalk and Essex,” Howard said.
    “They received letters and information on [April 25].”
    A representative of the Sun Products Holabird office would not confirm or deny the layoffs and referred The Dundalk Eagle to the Sun corporate office in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    No one there could be reached for comment.
    Howard said with technological changes and the move of some manufacturing to other facilities, the Holabird plant has seen a decline from 50 million cases a year at one time to around 20 million cases today. Howard said the plant only produces laundry products Wisk and Snuggle.
   

Howard explained that the  manager at the Holabird plant held a meeting with employees a few weeks ago and said there was a possibility that as many as 80 of the 280 employees at the plant could be laid off.
    According to Howard, the plant manager said he had talked the Sun Products corporate office out of previous layoffs, but could not avoid it this time.
    “It was unexpected, but with the economy and the way things are, it was not a surprise,” Howard added.
    Howard said that the employees of the Holabird plant are members of International Chemical Workers Union Council Local 217. No one from that union could be reached for comment.