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Newberg's largest employer lays off more than 100 of its 1,000-employee work force.

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Newberg's top employer confirmed this week that it has laid off more than 100 of its 1,000-employee work force, in addition to instituting temporary furloughs, salary reductions and work share programs for the remaining employees.

Dental manufacturing giant A-dec has joined the growing list of companies that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Newberg's top employer confirmed this week that it has laid off more than 100 of its 1,000-employee workforce, in addition to instituting temporary furloughs, salary reductions and work share programs for the remaining employees. All employees affected by the "reduction in force," according to company spokesman Jordan Beanblossom, will be eligible for rehire when the company gets back on its feet. The layoffs were restricted to A-dec's domestic workforce and didn't affect the roughly 300 employees that work at the company's overseas offices.

"The coronavirus pandemic has affected families, communities, and businesses worldwide," President and CEO Scott Parrish said in an email. "A-dec has been working tirelessly to ensure we are prioritizing the safety and preparedness of our employees while doing everything within our control to ensure the stability of employment in our communities.

"I am proud of how our A-dec employees have rallied around the fight against COVID-19 by providing much needed PPE to health-care workers on the front lines. During these very challenging times, we are focused on aligning our business with new economic realities, while doing all we can to preserve as many jobs as possible and maintaining our commitment to our customers."

The reason for the drastic move is somewhat unique to dental-related industries.

"Many governments around the world have restricted dental offices to treating only emergency patients," Beanblossom said. "This, coupled with the general economic instability caused by COVID-19, has resulted in a significant disruption to the dental industry."

The layoffs struck the company at a time of prosperity.

"2019 was a record year A-dec in many ways, including product shipments, new product launches, and new hires," Beanblossom said. "The start of 2020 was also very strong, until the recent disruption to the global economy. Our current goal is to preserve as many jobs as possible so that we are in a position to respond to quickly when the economy recovers."


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