BRISTOL - Theis Precision Steel USA will be laying off 30 of its 35 employees.
“It is our understanding that the group that purchased Theis about five years ago has recently reduced operations,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.
On Tuesday, the mayor and Justin Malley, executive director of the Bristol Housing Authority, talked to UAW Local 712 leadership and Theis ownership to assess needs for displaced workers who are not yet pension-eligible, coordinating information on retraining and employment programs, and suggestions for health insurance options for those employees who will be losing benefits on June 30.
“While Theis management is evaluating their future options, the city has made it clear that we are ready and willing to help them with economic development assistance, referrals for financing or real estate issues,” Zoppo-Sassu said. “There are also 30 laid-off workers, many of them from Bristol, who I am also concerned about. For those who are not pension eligible, we will be reaching out to connect them with various workforce programs.”
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce, said the chamber is also willing to help those workers.
“Nobody likes to see any business downsize, layoff or close, but it was a business decision,” said Bombard. “If the laid-off workers ever reach out to us, we would be happy to help them with our workforce development programs. These are skilled workers, so, hopefully, they should not have difficulty finding jobs in the manufacturing market.”
The Bristol Press contacted Theis, but the company said it has “no comment at this time on anything.”
According to its website, Theis is the largest high-carbon and stainless specialty strip mill in North America.