Penny Curtiss announces layoffs

by Eric Schroeder
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Penny Curtiss, the commercial bakery division of The Penn Traffic Co., is laying off 26 seasonal call-ins and 28 full-time employees between Aug. 24 and Sept. 8. The move comes as the company winds down its contract to supply fresh-bakery goods to Aldi grocery stores. In early July, Penny Curtiss said it would no longer bake for Aldi.

"We’re working closely with the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 116 to make the transition as smooth as possible for these employees, who will receive severance and benefits as required by our collective bargaining agreement," said Dave Adamsen, vice-president of wholesale and manufacturing for Penn Traffic. "We continue daily to focus our energy pursuing new opportunities to replace this business and we don’t anticipate any further layoffs at this time resulting from the contract loss."

The company has more than 8,300 employees with 2,700 based in the immediate Syracuse area.

In addition to Penny Curtiss, The Penn Traffic Co. operates 106 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire under the BiLo, P&C and Quality trade names.

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