Job Cuts Crashing Jersey Economy

ELIZABETH—Pike Machine Products In Elizabeth has announced it will lay off  71 workers by the end of January while Sears in Woodbridge advised 94 workers that they no longer have jobs, as soaring unemployment has its impact on the local economy.

Russell Weisman, vice president at the Pike Machine plant in Elizabeth said Anthony International, a parent company, has three locations and they are going consolidate the Elizabeth operations with plants in Georgia and at its multi-facility headquarters campus in San Fernando, California.

“They are closing this facility,” said Weisman. “Everybody’s very disappointed.”

Weisman said that employees who have been with the company from five or ten years to 30 years, remain dedicated despite their imminent layoff.

“They have been incredibly professional about it,” said Weisman, who says the employees’ performance speaks wonders about the character of people who work there.

Pike manufactures glass display doors for supermarkets, restaurants and other markets. It also supplies insulated doors and cases for the commercial refrigeration industry.

The York Street company, founded in Elizabeth in 1956, became a subsidiary of Anthony International on July 1, 2005.

The plant closing announcements were part of the latest bulletins issued by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

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