New York is facing its largest plant shutdown in more than a decade.PTC International Plc is in the midst of closing the plants in South Jersey and the Long Island City plant in Long Island, which will see 1,300 workers lose their jobs.
The company has said it expects to bring its total workforce to 8,000 by the end of the year.
In a statement, the company said:”This is an unprecedented situation for our employees, which is why we are offering an amnesty to all affected employees.
We are working closely with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to provide them the opportunity to apply for job assistance to help them transition back into their normal lives.”
A total of 5,200 workers have applied for jobs with the company since Monday, and about a third have already been interviewed.
The announcement came on the same day the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, announced that the state was making a $50 million offer to help with the closure.
The offer is part of a $10 billion package of state and local support aimed at bringing the New York state economy back on track.