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BDC Reports: 500 Direct/Indirect Jobs Impacted by Closures


The Cortland County Business Development Corporation says it will work with local and state partners to work with Voyant Beauty and ALPLA Inc. employees who will be losing their jobs as a result of the recent closure announcements.

“This is very difficult news, obviously, but we’re going to work hard to find other opportunities for those people here in the Cortland area,” said BDC executive director Garry VanGorder. “The good news is that there are plenty of openings across the local economy. Our companies are desperate for workers.”

Voyant Beauty currently operates at two locations in Cortland, One on Central Ave. and the other located on Huntington St. with 309 direct employees and 150 who work through various staffing agencies.

For ALPLA Inc they currently operate out of the same building as Voyant on Central Ave. and employ 35 people. ALPLA announced their closure due to the closure of Voyant in Cortland.

The Cortland County Business Development Corporation states it will work with other local employers, the Cortland Career Center, Empire State Development, the state Department of Labor and others to find job opportunities for those displaced by the closures.

Voyant Beauty recently told the Cortland BDC the reason why they plan to cease Cortland operations was to consolidate operations in a changing business environment.

“We’ve been here before (Rubbermaid closing) but we do get frequent requests for large building sites by manufacturers,” VanGorder said. “These are quality buildings with municipal services, so we are hopeful there.”

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