CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A state-sponsored employer of blind and low-vision people says it has laid off 13 workers in Cumberland.
The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that Blind Industries and Services of Maryland says it expects the reduction to be temporary.READ MORE: Baltimore Fire Department's Train Garden Returns To Engine 45
President Frederick Puente says the layoffs reflect a drop in orders from a government customer that is switching to a new uniform. He says he expects orders and employment to increase after the transition.
The Blind Industries website says its customers include the U.S. Defense Department and Federal Prison Industries.READ MORE: Homicide Suspect Surrenders To Baltimore Police After Nearly 6 Hours
Blind Industries currently employs 60 people in Cumberland.
Its website says the Baltimore-based not-for-profit corporation employs 500 workers at eleven facilities in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky and North Carolina.MORE NEWS: 26-Year-Old Man Shot And Killed Saturday In Baltimore
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