Kohler Spa is planning to lay off workers in its Milwaukee, Wisconsin plant due to a plantwide shortage of the necessary chemicals, according to a statement issued by the Wisconsin plant.
Kohn said it’s working with the local authorities to address the shortage, which it says affects approximately 10,000 workers.
“We will be making some decisions this week about how we will move forward with our business in the coming weeks,” Kohn spokesman John Cappella said.
“We’re trying to plan for a time when we can meet our needs without the need for the hazardous materials.”
“We’re working closely with the state and local governments to determine how we can make the most of this situation and how to provide the workers we need to be successful,” Capplla added.
Kohn Spa has been in the news recently for its use of a controversial herbicide known as Roundup, which is used to control weeds.
The plant has also faced regulatory scrutiny due to the high use of the chemical by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Kohler Spa was recently awarded $3.3 million by the EPA to improve the safety of its Roundup weedkiller.
Koiran, a biotechnology company, has also filed a lawsuit against Kohler for the pesticide use.
This week’s layoffs at Kohn spa are the latest in a string of plant closures across the Midwest.
In the Kansas City area, the Kansas Department of Health has announced it is cutting 300 jobs, including 200 health care professionals, from the state’s health department.
The closures come as the United States has become more reliant on fossil fuels and is now experiencing its first full summer without rain, according a new report from the advocacy group 350.org.
“The state is already experiencing the worst drought in more than a century and the impact of this unprecedented year of extreme heat is already having an impact on agriculture and our climate,” 350.com Senior Director of State Policy, Jennifer Williams, said in a statement.
“The Trump administration’s plan to slash public lands, roll back environmental protections, and gut worker protections will only exacerbate these hardships.”