Further layoffs at Horizon North's Kamloops location
By Glynn Brothen
Image Credit: Horizon North Logistics
April 07, 2016 - 1:00 PM
KAMLOOPS - Another 34 workers for Horizon North Logistics were given temporary layoff notices today, April 7, in the company’s fourth round of layoffs in a 13-month period.
“This is an unfortunate incident. It’s not easy on anybody and has been a difficult process for the remaining employees,” Horizon North’s Vice-President of Human Resources Ben Bazinet says. “We’re doing everything we can to turn this around."
Over the four separate notices which included temporary and permanent layoffs, a total of 219 Kamloops-based employees have been affected.
Up until now, the Calgary-based company erected temporary housing for camp workers in the oil-sector. But with the decline in price for the resource came less business for the company. Bazinet says at its peak, Horizon North received 80 per cent of its business through the oil market.
Despite that drop and the layoffs that came with it, Bazinet remains optimistic the tides are changing for the company and says executives are in talks with potential clients who are looking for permanent modular housing.
“We’ve been working hard on that, growing that and getting close to signing some deals,” he says.
Around 200 workers remain in Kamloops, part of the 460 people across B.C. employed with the company.
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