Westfield mayor responding to Savage, Cenveo layoffs

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Westfield’s mayor says that he is working with state officials to help the employees of two city manufacturers that announced layoffs this week.

Savage Arms Inc announced the layoffs of more than three dozen employees earlier this week, while Cenveo Envelope, the new owner of the former National Envelope, announced Wednesday that they would be closing their Westfield plant altogether.

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In a statement sent to 22News Thursday morning, Mayor Daniel Knapik said that he is saddened to hear about the layoffs. He said that the Rapid Response Team from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development has been called-in to offer training and unemployment information to the laid-off workers.

“Our first concern is for the employees and families impacted by these announcements,” Knapik wrote. “The City is working with its state partners to do whatever it can to mitigate the impact that these announcements will have on local families.”

The mayor noted that the recovery from the Great Recession has not been experienced in western Massachusetts in the same way that eastern Massachusetts’ economy has recovered. But he said that growing business in Westfield is a priority, and the City will do what it takes to attract business, including development programs, tax incentives, and fast-track permitting.

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