Isthmus laid off two paid-by-the-hour workers earlier this year, but it still employs 20 non-owner assembly workers, he said. The directors have avoided further layoffs by agreeing to accept a lighter profit, and by juggling schedules between the machining, assembly and engineering departments.
"As a worker-owned company, we can make the decisions to take work at a lesser margin in order to keep people," said Kessler. "We have reshuffled duties to keep the work that we do have from going out the door, while also spreading out the pain as much as possible."
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