Hampden Papers to lay off half its workforce

  • Hampden Papers, Inc. at 100 Water St .in Holyoke, Tuesday, Sept. 29. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • Hampden Papers, Inc. at 100 Water Street in Holyoke, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The business has been sold. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/11/2020 7:35:30 PM
Modified: 10/11/2020 7:35:19 PM

HOLYOKE — Hampden Papers has announced that it will lay off 49 of its 100-person workforce.

The layoff announcement was made last week in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice that companies with 100 or more full-time workers are required to file when they lay off at least half of their workforce at a single site.

The layoffs are to take effect Nov. 30, according to the WARN Act filing — the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Efforts to reach Hampden Papers leadership were unsuccessful Sunday.

LLFlex, a Kentucky-based global packaging-materials and industrial-laminate company, purchased Hampden Papers late last month. Hampden Papers had been owned locally for 140 years by five generations of the same family.

LLFlex’s CEO Victor Dixon had said in an interview with the publication Triad Business Journal that Hampden Papers’ equipment, and possibly jobs, would be sent to the company’s new, 73,500-square-foot “fully integrated manufacturing facility” in High Point, North Carolina.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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