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A company spokesperson tells NBC4 there are 1,140 employees at the two Lancaster businesses, the glassworks factory and the distribution center. EveryWare Global Inc., the parent company for Anchor Hocking shows a deficit for the first three months of 20 A company spokesperson tells NBC4 there are 1,140 employees at the two Lancaster businesses, the glassworks factory and the distribution center. EveryWare Global Inc., the parent company for Anchor Hocking shows a deficit for the first three months of 20
LANCASTER, Ohio - The news of furloughs reverberated though the tight-knit Lancaster community Thursday evening when word spread that Anchor Hocking, which has operated on the same site since 1905, was closing shop for a month.

A company spokesperson tells NBC4 there are 1,140 employees at the two Lancaster businesses, the glassworks factory and the distribution center. EveryWare Global Inc., the parent company for Anchor Hocking shows a deficit for the first three months of 2014. In essence, cash is tight and inventory is great. As a result, the company is closing the plant for three to four weeks, furloughing more than 1,000 of their employees.

People NBC4 spoke with in the community are concerned, saying the economy was just beginning to rebound, and now they are losing high-paying jobs for a month. Community members said the move could have serious consequences.

"It is going to be devastating to the community. We are a small town, so 1,000 people without jobs means a lot for local business," said Anthony Smith, who worked at Anchor Hocking for five years, and said he has many family members still working there.

The company released the following statement.

"The temporarily idling of our North American manufacturing facilities is a necessary decision to address excess inventory levels and to support the long-term interests of our employees, customers and investors.  We will continue to ship to customers from existing inventory and intend to resume manufacturing in three to four weeks," said Erika Schoenberger, Associate General Counsel for EveryWare Global Inc.
 
Traveling around Lancaster, it is not hard to bump into someone who has a family member working at Anchor Hocking or knows someone who retired from here. Folks said the business is that ingrained into the community.

"We have some people who work at Anchor Hocking who come into our store, which I am sure we may not see as often now," said Alison Tipple who works in her brother's shop, Cromley Music.

The store is in the shadow of the factory, and Tipple said she worries what a furlough could do for all of the town's small businesses.

"I do think it will hurt many local businesses as far as the bigger businesses because people probably will not be spending as much money when there isn't much money to go around," Tipple said.

Anchor Hocking is the second largest employer in Fairfield County.

"It is about the only job hereabouts that pays anything," said Smith.

The parent company reported a loss in their first quarterly report of 2014.

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