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August 6th, 2009

Saint-Gobain ceramics facility lays off 70 workers

Published on August 6th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The Charleston Gazette reports that seventy workers at a ceramics factory in Buckhannon, W.Va., will lose their jobs by the end of September.

The Saint-Gobain ceramics facility announced that poor business conditions are forcing it to reduce the number of employees.

In the article, company spokesman Bill Seiberlich says about 100 workers will remain on the job after the layoffs.

He says the workers will be cut from various divisions. Some have recall rights, meaning they would be automatically summoned back to work if business picks up.

The factory began as Corhart Refractories in 1961. Its products include bricks for the metallurgical industry, tin oxide electrodes and coaxial connectors.

The company reported (pdf) a net income loss of over 81 percent since 2008.


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