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JLG in McConnellsburg to lay off another 150 employees in early October

Layoffs would be in addition to about 125 in Aug., around 150 later this month

Layoffs would be in addition to about 125 in Aug., around 150 later this month

September 05, 2008|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- More layoffs are scheduled for Fulton County's largest employer later this month and in early October, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

An employee of JLG Industries said this week that workers were informed last Friday that about 150 people would be laid off Oct. 6. That would be in addition to about the same number that the company plans to lay off at the plant Sept. 26.

"Our Rapid Response (Team) folks say that that information is correct," said Justin Fleming, a Department of Labor and Industry spokesman.

Telephone messages to JLG and a phone message and e-mail sent to Oshkosh Corp., which acquired the company in 2006, were not returned.

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The employee, who asked that his name not be used, said he will be among those laid off in coming weeks. Once the Sept. 26 and Oct. 6 layoffs are complete, he said about 500 workers at the McConnellsburg plant will have been idled.

On Aug. 1, about 125 employees were laid off, and the employee said there was an additional smaller layoff in late August.

Rapid Response Team members met with workers July 28 and Aug. 25 to inform them of the services available, Fleming said. Another meeting will be Sept. 22 for the latest group of employees that will be laid off, he said.

Fleming estimated that about 1,500 people are working at the McConnellsburg facility. Company officials last month would not disclose the number of employees at the plant or the exact number of those to be laid off.

During a visit to the plant two years ago by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, company officials said about 2,200 people worked in the facility.

Kirsten Skyba, JLG's vice president for global marketing, said Aug. 1 that JLG has about 4,500 employees worldwide, including about 3,500 in North America. At that time, she said, the layoffs scheduled for Aug. 1 through late September were to affect about 600 salaried and production workers.

Slumping demand in North America and Europe for construction rental equipment was the reason for the layoffs, Skyba said in August. JLG manufactures aerial work platforms, telehandlers and other access machines.

Through Pennsylvania CareerLink job centers, the laid-off workers are eligible for services that include re-employment assistance, training, a health care coverage tax credit, and job search and relocation allowances, Fleming said.

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