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Founders Brewing Co. to furlough retail employees

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 18:22:33-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Founders Brewing Company says they plan to furlough retail employees at two locations due to COVID-19.

According to Founders, this will impact 163 members of their retail staff at the Grand Rapids Taproom and Company Store and the Detroit Taproom.

They say they will continue to contribute to the insurance benefits of those furloughed employees until further notice.

In a statement, Mike Stevens, CEO, Founders Brewing Co. said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our business and industry hard. Founders has been very fortunate to have continued paying our retail teams since we closed our tap rooms on March 13th.

"However, this week we announced the difficult decision to furlough those team members starting May 3rd until we have better clarity on where we as a business, and society, go from here. We did not take this decision lightly and hope to bring back our furloughed staff as soon as possible."