HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Several hundred people who work at three Sandston plants were laid off Wednesday, according to Henrico County's Economic Development Authority.
Officials confirmed the "permanent closures" of the plants and warehouses owned by PremierXD, which is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, on Oakleys Lane in Henrico.
PremierXD has three facilities in Metro Richmond. One houses engineering and manufacturing as well as two other distribution and warehouse facilities, according to the company’s website.
Henrico officials did not have an exact number of people who were laid off Wednesday afternoon as company officials had not yet provided a formal notification.
However, county officials talked to a company representative, who confirmed the closures.
CBS 6 spoke with Thea Hester, a former Premier XD employee in Henrico, who left the company back in November. She said she saw the signs coming last year.
“In July of 2018, they let off what seemed to be a third of the company and they actually brought back one or two from the people that they laid off," Hester said. “My heart still hurts for these people who now have no job at all.”
Hester also described her fellow co-workers as hard working employees who deserve a new opportunity.
Henrico officials said the shuttered facilities will leave nearly 1 million square feet of space vacant.
The company provides fixtures for grocery stores, food service, including Starbucks and Panera, as well as displays for hotels and other retail and technology shops.
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