ALBION, NY - Ed Philips has worked for over 15 years at the printing company on Route 98, now known as Albion Color. He depends on the income to support his wife and teenage son.
He spent June 1st applying for unemployment and wondering what is next for him and the company for which he worked.
The company has roots dating back to 1881 in Albion. It was started by Arthur Eddy and stayed in the family until being sold in 1976 to Richard Remley. The company was called Remley & Company until 2001, when it was sold to Printing Methods Inc. of Rochester. They changed the name to Albion Color.
Philips says it was always a good place to work, but about six months ago, it became clear the economy was taking its toll.
The number of orders coming in began to wane, and so did the work force. Last fall, there were 90 people working at the Albion facility, In May of 2010 the number had fallen to 40.
In April, troubles with payroll began to arise. Philips says he received a check on a Friday, but was told not to cash it until the following Monday. Payroll was switched from direct deposit to individually cut checks. There were times the checks would not clear at the bank.
Finally, Ed got a call from a friend at the plant, advising him to come and get his tools. He did and last week the plant was closed. Philips says he still has not received any formal notice from Albion Color. Philips is not alone, none of the employees have been notified, nor has the Orleans County Economic Development Agency.
Our calls to the company were greeted by an answering machine and our emails went unanswered.
Now, all Ed Philips can do is wait to hear whether the plant is shut down permanently, and hope that he gets the paycheck that he is still owed.
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