Dayton business lays off 65 workers

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A Dayton employer laid off 65 workers last week.

In a WARN notice made public by the state Tuesday, Economy Linen says it laid off the workers at its 80 Mead St. plant starting March 20.

The layoffs are expected to be temporary, said the letter signed by Scott Kamins, an attorney for the company.

The business serves both restaurants and hospitals, and Ohio government has banned on-premises dining, crushing the restaurant and pub business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The layoffs will last “until around the time that bans on the hospitality providers serviced by Economy Linen are lifted,” says the letter made public by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. “The entire plant will not be closed.”

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The business rents, launders and distributes linen products for hospitals and restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. The business also has locations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis and Zanesville.

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