The Pattison Sign Group laid off 16 full-time employees from their Penticton office on May 6, as well as two other workers from remote locations.
According spokesperson Jacque Dugay, those positions had become redundant.
“There were some people from the Penticton front office who were part of our restructuring,” said Dugay, adding that Penticton was the only Pattison location to undergo layoffs.
“It’s an unfortunate situation and a very difficult decision for us. We didn’t like doing it but it was necessary to make the operation as a whole more efficient and more effective.”
He said that when layoffs occur at Pattison, which has many locations throughout Canada, the company reaches out to its sister companies to help find openings for the affected employees. But because each division of the company operates independently, new placements can’t be guaranteed.
“It’s not a reflection of the company as a whole, but it is a restructuring that is affecting 16 of our people in Penticton and two others that were remote. And we are sorry for their experience but we also took good care of them, or at least as good of care as we could in the situation, and we’re still trying to work with them and transition them into the best possible scenario.”
Pattison Sign Group is one of the largest sign and visual communication companies in the world, and is an industry leader in North America.
With approximately 700 employees worldwide they create interior and exterior signage, prefab architectual elements, interior fixtures and decor, digital signage, menu boards and drive-thru systems. They listed Penticton as one of their main manufacturing plants on their website, along with three others located in South Carolina, New Brunswick and Ontario.