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AptarGroup, based in Crystal Lake, Illinois, is permanently closing its facilities in Stratford and Torrington.
Eighty-five staff members were permanently laid off.
None of the affected workers are involved in current patient care or COVID-19 operations. Instead, the organization said, many worked in areas that are closed or experienced a significant reduction in operations due to social distancing requirements and/or public health mandates and guidelines specific to health systems.
The affected employees include 42 ophthalmic technicians, 27 patient specialists, and 12 ophthalmologists.
“Never in our history, in fact in world history, has mankind been asked to stay locked up in their homes and businesses asked in mass to close down their operations," noted Ethan Allen Chairman, President and CEO Farooq Kathwari.
The furloughed workers represent 57% of the Stamford-based company's workforce.
The TSA workers have been coming in to perform their duties as volunteers. There is an expectation they will receive back pay when the federal government reopens.