North Ridgeville Company Cuts Workers From Two Plants

North Ridgeville, OH- A northeast Ohio company that makes parts for hand driers, air conditioners and other machines has laid off 45 workers at two plants.

The jobs were cut yesterday at R-W Beckett Corporation and Beckett Air Incorporated in North Ridgeville.

Company chairman John Beckett says it's the first job cuts at the family-owned company in its 70-year history. He blames poor business due to warmer than usual winter weather.

A total of about 320 workers remain at the plants.

Here is a statement issued from the company:

Two of the Beckett Companies, both located in North Ridgeville, have taken steps to reduce their work forces. R.W. Beckett Corp., a manufacturer of components for oil heating systems, has reduced its work force by 27 employees. Beckett Air, Inc., which makes air-moving components for gas furnaces, has reduced its work force by 18 employees.

John Beckett, the chairman of both companies, says this difficult step is without precedent in either company. "My father, R.W. Beckett, began operations almost 70 years ago and this is the first time business conditions have forced a layoff in any of the Beckett family of companies. With other downturns the Beckett companies have been able to absorb the impact of business cycles through moving people from job to job or through natural attrition. This time it's different. One of the warmest winters in history plus sustained higher fuel prices have drastically affected incoming orders."

Beckett continues, "The management of each company did everything possible to keep people working, including subcontracting employees to other Beckett companies and seeking work among different employers in the area. Other companies in the heating industry were even contacted to see if subcontract work could be done for them. The reality is that we haven't found meaningful alternatives and there simply isn't enough work to provide jobs for everyone."

Beckett says finally, "I sincerely hope business conditions will improve. Not many people want colder weather but, in this case, it will actually help incoming orders. In the meantime, the management of each company is doing all they can to assist employees find work in the area."

Inquiries should be directed to John Beckett