Williamsburg brewery employees could be subject to layoffs

Employees at Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Williamsburg Brewery could be temporarily laid off as the company seeks to reduce its staff to meet its current operational needs, company officials said Wednesday.

The company did not announce how many employees would be laid off or when the layoffs might take place, but Williamsburg Brewery General Manager Rick Shippey said the James City County plant has had to temporarily reduce its staff periodically over the years.

“From time-to-time, the operational needs of the brewery dictate a temporary reduction in manpower,” Shippey said in a prepared statement. “We work to gain these reductions through volunteers who welcome the time off. In the event we do not receive enough volunteers, our labor contract allows for temporary layoffs, usually on a week-to-week basis.”


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