Owens-Illinois Brockway’s Muskogee plant is laying off employees after a furnace leak that shut down the plant, which employs nearly 300 people.
Employees are reporting that they have received notice that they are being laid off, and expect to be off 10 to 14 days while the plant is cleaned up.
Everyone except maintenance and furnace crews will be staying home, the employees report.
O-I has not returned calls for comment.
2:38 P.M. UPDATE: Ryan McCarthy from Owens-Illinois corporate called and said the layoffs are indeterminate at this time, meaning the company doesn’t have enough information to determine how many people have been laid off and how long any such layoffs might last.
“We are working to clean up the plant an inspect the machinery that was affected,” he said.
Asked whether the company was considering throwing in the towel and shutting the plant down completely, McCarthy said the company is absolutely committed to keeping the plant running.
“We have a multimillion dollar investment plan over the next few years in the plant,” he said. “We had already planned to have production down for scheduled maintenance later this year, but we are absolutely committed to keeping this plant producing.”
The plant employs just over 200 people, he said.