(01/25/2002)
Ames True Temper, Parkersburg's "shovel plant," is eliminating 73 workers, according to a press release from the companies corporate offices in Camp Hill, Pa. The announcement says 27 Parkersburg employees have been offered relocation packages, leaving 46 workers unemployed.

About 125 people will be working at the corporate office. The labor changes have been made "In order to promote the long term viability of our company," according to Richard Dell, CEO. Ames employs over 2,000 people in several states, Canada and Ireland.

A company associated with the corporation is now making identical True Temper products in Mexico, and some Ames workers feel the labor is being shifted abroad, using NAFTA. "It has that giant sucking sound," according to an Ame's employee, who asked not to be identified. The company declined to make any comment beyond their press release.

Several men from Calhoun, Roane and Wirt are employed by Ames.


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