Connecticut company fears for its employees in Ukraine; says 1 employee fights for his country
A local company considered the largest employer of Ukrainian workers in Connecticut says its main concern right now is ensuring the safety of its employees overseas.
IntelliBoard is a fast-growing educational technology company headquartered in Monroe. Sixty-two of its employees have been living and working in Ukraine for years.
Since the invasion of Russia last week, some of these employees have joined the caravan of people leaving the country for neighboring Poland, Slovakia and Germany.
But for the employees who stayed in Ukraine, every day is a challenge.
“The Ukrainians are keeping us updated daily on where they are, their physical location, their situation. Whether they’ve been bombed or bombed or not,” said Tonya Riney of IntelliBoard.
IntelliBoard has two offices in Ukraine. He says one of the bomb shelters for his employees is a parking lot and one of its residents is actually fighting for his country.
The CEO of the company has family in Russia and there are three employees living in Russia who are economically traumatized.
“We’re doing everything we can to support everyone and just to be aware of really all we can do,” Riney said.
The company says all of its employees are doing well.
Governor Ned Lamont and state organizations like the Department of Economic and Community Development, the state’s quasi-public technology investment arm, say they’ve spoken to IntelliBoard in recent days to see what can be done for to support.