DECC eliminating around 400 jobs |

DECC eliminating around 400 jobs

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is permanently laying off roughly 400 employees. The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is permanently laying off roughly 400 employees. |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Ryan Juntti
Updated: October 07, 2020 07:38 PM

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center is eliminating around 400 jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Interim Executive Director Roger Reinert tells WDIO News.

Reinert says the workers, consisting of full-time hourly, full-time professional, and part-time employees is the same group that was previously furloughed back in April. Reinert says entire divisions like food service, and guest services are being affected.

"People are what make the DECC more than just a set of buildings. As activities return, so will jobs. We hope many of these individuals will then consider calling the DECC their work home again," Reinert sent in a statement to WDIO News.

The move cuts the DECC down to 52 total employees consisting of 42 part-time and ten full-time workers. Reinert says on March 1, the DECC had a total of 500 people employed.

Reinert says the DECC right now is seeing about a $200,000 monthly deficit, and is currently projecting a $1.7 million deficit through May, 2021.

Reinert says the move was "not done lightly", and that it was "not an easy decision to make." He wants to reinforce it is also not a reflection of the employees, but rather the situation, as the DECC hasn't been able to hold any conventions or hockey games, and hasn't had a dollar of outside assistance since the pandemic began.


Ryan Juntti

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