Monroe-based Strick Trailers LLC has notified the state it may need to lay off more than half of its workforce due to the economic uncertainty of COVID-19.
The company employs approximately 175 workers at its manufacturing plant in Adams County.
Strick is one of the top 20 cargo trailer makers in the country.
In a WARN notice, Strick said the possible layoffs are due to the lack of new customer orders. Based on current orders, a layoff could begin the week of July 6.
“We do believe our country’s fight against COVID-19, and the uncertainty surrounding the general economy that results from this fight, has played a significant role in the decrease in the demand for our products that we are seeing. It is impossible to predict with certainty how long this will all take,” said the notice.
Strick said if a layoff occurs, it will first seek volunteers. However, depending on business need for certain positions, volunteer requests may not be fulfilled, according to the statement.
According to one trade publication, trailer manufacturers had an “outstanding” year in 2019. Trailer-bodybuilders.com reports Strick produced 2,300 trailers.