Sub-Zero Group plans temporary layoffs amid COVID-19 outbreak, will affect more than 1,000 workers

FITCHBURG, Wis. — Sub-Zero Group Inc. has provided notice to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development of a temporary workforce reduction at its Fitchburg facilities.

According to a release from DWD, 1,043 workers will be affected. Nearly 470 affected workers will be Sub-Zero employees, while 574 Wolf Appliance Inc. employees will be affected.

In their message to DWD, the appliance manufacturer said the layoffs were due to the spread of Covid-19 and the virus’ economic impact on their company.

Local 565 representative Shane Fletcher worked as a fabricator for the company and he said employees were given less than three days notice of the decision.

“It’s been really hard we’ve seen the hardships of people in tears getting walked out yesterday their afraid for their futures–what’s gonna happen.” Fletcher said.

The notice said most, but not all, employees will be recalled to work on or after April 13.

Fletcher said this leaves 112 workers without a job.

He also said that the Local 565 bargaining committee labor union will work to relocate those 112  people to other area shops.

Sub-Zero Group Inc will continue to pay employee health premiums during this period and will honor Good Friday holiday pay.

Fletcher added that Sub-Zero Group is a good company and that he hopes to be able to return it soon.

The release said the layoffs are expected to occur Sunday.