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Printing firm lays off 11 workers

October 02, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HBP Inc., a Hagerstown commercial printing company, laid off about 10 percent of its staff last week because business was slow.

"We had a reduction in force of 11 employees due to a downturn in sales volume," HBP President John W. Snyder said in a statement he issued through his assistant, Cindy Albin. "There are no other planned reductions."

Albin said she didn't know how many people HBP employs. A 2002 Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission business directory says there were 96 employees.

Albin said HBP laid off the 11 employees on Sept. 26.

Timothy Troxell, acting executive director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission, said the printing business has slumped over the past 12 months, but he hasn't heard of any other local layoffs as a result.

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"It does add up to a lot of employment in this area," he said.

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