Layoffs After Lackluster Flower Show

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013  |  Updated 10:02 AM EDT
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Layoffs After Lackluster Flower Show

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The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is announcing layoffs three months after its annual flower show recorded its lowest attendance in more than a decade.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the society announced Wednesday it was cutting 22 of 133 full- and part-time positions. Two others are being downgraded to part-time.

The group's president, Drew Becher, says it would have had a $1.8 million deficit when the fiscal year ends Sunday. The layoffs are expected to save $1.2 million, the amount of lost ticket sales from the flower show.

Becher says he's shuffled his management team and instituted pay cuts for top earners, including himself.

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This year's flower show drew 225,000 visitors, 17 percent fewer than 2012. Becher has blamed Philadelphia TV stations for hyping up a snowstorm that never materialized.

 


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