Berea candle maker laying off 99

ssloan@herald-leader.comApril 18, 2012 

Light House Home Products, which manufactures candles in Berea, has told the state government it plans to lay off 99 employees shortly, though it's possible the majority of them will be recalled in several months.

The move is related to the sale of the Light House Home Products line by the manufacturer's parent company, according to notification documents required to be filed with the government in advance of mass layoffs.

Plant executive Roger Creery wrote that the company had hoped to avoid selling the product line, which had been experiencing "low profitability."

"Ultimately, those options were unsuccessful," he wrote, noting a deal was reached on March 27 to sell the product line. "This sale will, at least in the short term, substantially decrease production and result in a significant layoff of employees."

Creery did not return multiple messages left to discuss the layoffs.

The company has already laid off 70 employees, including 47 candle team processors, according to the documents filed with the state. The company expects to lay off an additional 29 employees beginning April 27.

Creery noted that the company expects "the majority of all laid off employees will be recalled to work within six months."

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz

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