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U.S. Silica to lay off 4, cut hours

January 19, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- Four plant workers will be laid off at U.S. Silica Co. on Feb. 1, the sand mine plant on U.S. 522 north of town.

The plant also will begin operating on a four-day schedule that day, according to a Monday memo to U.S. Silica employees from Ted Glennon, plant manager.

The cutback will result in a reduction of hours from 40 to 32 per week for its employees. About 83 employees work at the plant.

The memo said the layoffs and reduction in hours are due to a downturn in the economy and slower business activity.

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John Ulizio, U.S. Silica chief executive, said Monday that the plan was to minimize the layoffs by a reduction in hours.

U.S. Silica is the second-largest industrial sand producer in the country. It has 13 sand and mineral mines and processing plants in the Midwest and East, and employs 675 people.

The company was purchased by San Francisco-based Golden Gate Capital in late November.

 

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