PRC issues WARN notice
BAKERSVILLE – Mitchell County Economic Development Commission Board of Directors Chair Keith Holtsclaw notified the board Friday, Jan. 26, about a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining Notice, or WARN notice, the county received from PRC Industries in Spruce Pine.
The notice was filed Jan. 11 with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and indicates a temporary layoff of 82 employees effective March 3.
“I have met with PRC and was told they lost their major vendor,” Holtsclaw said. “They filed the WARN notice in case they have to layoff people, but they are unsure.”
PRC’s Spruce Pine location has 135 employees and specializes in returned product management, return center services, remanufacturing, reprocessing, repairing and recycling of returned industrial and consumer products. The company employs factory-trained engineers, technicians, machinists, assemblers, material handlers and warehousing personnel, as well as a full staff of mechanical and electrical engineers who manage and operate the engineering and quality assurance departments.
PRC Vice President of Operations Craig Neuhardt said the company is working to get other customers to make up for the loss.
“The WARN notice was issued as a precaution,” he said. “Our hope is we don’t lose anyone on a permanent basis. We will be working with that customer until March, which is why the notice doesn’t take effect until then.”
Neuhardt said PRC is not going out of business and the Spruce Pine facility is not closing.
“It’s just a tight time,” he said. “As we move from winter into spring we’ll get back into full stride up here.”