Notice Concerning Assistance Worries Aurora Employees
By Mike Perleberg
Photo via AuroraCasket.com.
(Aurora, Ind.) – Employees at the Aurora Casket Company plant in Aurora are worrying about their jobs.
On Friday, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development issued a notice to employees of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions that they may be eligible for assistance when they become separated from the company. Eagle Country 99.3 published a news release concerning the notice here.
According to the DWD, the Trade Adjustment Assistance program “is made available to workers who are displaced due to foreign imports or shifts in production out of the country.”
It is unclear how many employees at Aurora may be affected. The company has not responded to requests for comment. The leader of the employee union at Aurora could not be reached.
“Many of us are concerned about the future of our jobs,” one Aurora employee told Eagle Country 99.3 on the condition of anonymity Tuesday.
Pennsylvania-based Matthews International purchased Aurora Casket Company from New York-based private equity firm Kohlberg & Company LLC last year for $214 million. When Kohlberg acquired Aurora in 2012, it ended a string of five generations of the Backman and Barrott families owning Aurora, founded in 1890.
Former Aurora Casket Company CEO and president Michael Quinn left Matthews Aurora in January after more than three years at the Aurora plant. He took the same positions at another company owned by Kohlberg & Company.
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions announced in June that it will close a plant in Piney Flats, Tennessee and move those operations to York, Pennsylvania next year, WCYB-TV reported.