(07/30/2009)
ORMET CUTS 1000 WORKERS - A thousand workers may soon lose their jobs at Ormet Aluminum in Monroe County, Ohio, just across the river from New Martinsville.

Hundreds of jobs at the plant are held by West Virginia residents.

The company has issued a notice to the union saying it will eliminate the jobs at its reduction plant this fall.

The curtailment of operations will mean a loss of up to 833 hourly and 149 salary positions, about the entire workforce at the plant.

Four years ago the company shut down, facing a labor dispute and bankruptcy.

Hundreds of jobs were lost because Ormet closed its rolling mill division.

The job cuts come on the heels of jobs being slashed across the river at the Bayer plant and in the steel industry, jobs that are essentially being shifted abroad.

With the job losses, locals predict New Martinsville will become a ghost town.

Ormet officials are not commenting on the proposed layoffs.

BUCKHANNON PLANT CUTTING 70 JOBS - A Buckhannon ceramics company has announced it will lay-off 70 workers in September.

Saint-Gobain Ceramics says the decision is based on "depressed business conditions."

"Unfortunately, demand for our products has declined dramatically due to the economic downturn. We believe and hope that the reduction will be temporary and employees will be recalled when business conditions improve," said a plant manager.

About 100 employees will remain at the facility.

The plant has been in Buckhannon since 1961.


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