Martinsburg plant will shut down for a month
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The World Kitchen manufacturing plant, formerly Corning Consumer Products Co., will shut down earlier than usual this year in the face of escalating natural gas prices and slow Christmas sales, a company official said Monday.
The plant south of Martinsburg, which employs 280 people, usually shuts down for four-week stretches in July and in late December/early January, said Human Resources Manager Paul Maczuzak.
At this point, company officials don't expect the workers to be laid off for any more time than they would be in a typical year, Maczuzak said.
Whether the plant shuts down in the summer depends on several variables, including sales expectations for the holiday season.
"Our expectation is that we'll make the same number of pieces" this year, Maczuzak said.
Instead of shutting down in the summer, the plant will close at midnight Saturday to ease natural gas costs cutting into the company's bottom line, he said. The plant will reopen on March 19.