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Landis lays off 47 more workers

March 08, 2001

Landis lays off 47 more workers



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The slowdown in the nation's auto industry has cost another 47 workers their jobs at Landis Gardner, a Waynesboro company that makes machines that grind crankshafts and other automobile engine parts, a company spokesman said Wednesday.

The layoffs, announced last week, bring to 87 the number of Landis workers who have been given indefinite furloughs since the beginning of the year. On Jan. 11, 40 employees, production and office personnel were laid off from the 20 E. Sixth St. plant.

The company has about 350 workers on its payroll, said Lanny McCleaf, vice president of human relations.

Landis Gardner is a division of Unova Inc. of California.

Also last week, the Frick Co. notified its employees that 30 jobs at the Cumberland Valley Avenue plant in Waynesboro would be cut in the next four months.

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United Auto Workers, the union that represents the 350 Frick workers, plans to meet with company officials next week to ask that the cuts come through voluntary layoffs and early retirement incentives, David Lushbaugh, the local union president, said Wednesday.

Frick's layoffs are the result of more and more of the smaller components of the refrigeration equipment that Frick manufactures being subcontracted to outside companies, Lushbaugh said.

"We're trying to work with management on this, but it's tough on the people who get laid off," he said. "They have families and it's getting harder to find a job around here anymore, what with all the layoffs in other companies."

Lushbaugh referred to layoffs at Grove Worldwide's Shady Grove, Pa., plant that affected about 800 production, office, administrative and management jobs in recent years and an undetermined number of third-shift jobs eliminated at Beck Manufacturing in January .

A report this week showed that Franklin County's jobless rate is edging up, from 4 percent of the labor force in December to 4.4 percent in January.

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