McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- The weakening construction rental market in North America and Europe has hit Fulton County's largest employer, as JLG Industries told employees on Friday it will begin layoffs in August.
The company would not confirm how many people will be laid off, but Kirsten Skyba, JLG's vice president for global marketing, said it will affect production and salaried employees at all of its facilities, including McConnellsburg, Shippensburg, Pa., Bedford, Pa., and Oaks, N.D., as well as France and Belgium.
An employee with the manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers said the company planned to reduce the work force in McConnellsburg by 250 to 270 people in three phases between Aug. 1 and Sept. 26. The company also told workers there would be partial shutdowns this Thursday and Friday, as well as for four days in August, the employee said.
"It's in response to market conditions," Skyba said Tuesday. Citing the soft market for construction rental equipment, she said the reductions are an effort to "right-size the company to align it with the current market conditions."