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|Official Says Reductions in Force, Not Many Layoffs, at Midstate Manufacturing
|UPDATED: 1:06pm 6/5/09 A Galesburg manufacturing firm official says they are not laying off any employees, but says they don't have as many now as they did recently.
Shawn Pitman, plant manager at Mid-State Manufacturing says there have been no layoffs to this point at Mid-State Manufacturing, a company that does a wide range of products using steel. He says however they have seen a reduction of 135 people in the workforce gradually over the past few months ever since a slowdown in business in the fourth quarter of last year. He says economic conditions and a slowdown in work at the plant is the reason for what he calls the reduction in workforce.
Pitman tells WGIL if business begins to pick up, they may call the employees back to the plant. "Right now we've had to reduce our workforce, just because of the economic conditions that everybody's facing right now," Pitman said. "In the future, when things pick back up, I hope to call employees back. We've held this off as long as we possibly could."
Pitman says the employees were notified earlier about the reduction in the workforce and he says, in his words, a lot of the workers could see this coming and weren't too surprised. Pitman commends the employees who voluntarily took a layoff because it wouldn't be financially crippling to the worker and their family while looking out for the younger employees and their families at the plant.
Pitman says the plant now has about 150 employees at the manufacturing facility and says the company is constantly looking for more work in order to get people back to work.
|06 05 09 by Newsroom
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