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JLG to lay off 100 more

January 20, 2009|By DON AINES

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. -- JLG Industries announced Tuesday a fourth round of work-force reduction since July, this time for about 100 white-collar workers.

The latest round of layoffs involves nonproduction and some contract workers, said Kirsten Skyba, JLG's vice president for global marketing. The reduction brings to about 1,500 the number of employees laid off since July, reducing worldwide employment by the manufacturer of mobile aerial work platforms and telehandlers to about 3,000, she said.

The reductions are throughout the company, Skyba said. She did not have specific numbers for how many will be affected at the McConnellsburg and Shippensburg, Pa., facilities.

"We also announced we're going to be requiring a one-week furlough for all our nonproduction team members ... including our entire executive team," Skyba said. Those employees must take the unpaid leave between now and the end of March, she said.

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The furloughs are designed to minimize the possibility of further downsizing, Skyba said.

Reduced global demand for JLG products was cited by Skyba as the reason for the layoffs.

In January 2006, during a visit to the McConnellsburg plant by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, company officials said the plant employed about 2,200 workers. Several hundred workers at the McConnellsburg, Shippensburg and Bedford, Pa., facilities have been affected by the layoffs, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

JLG is Fulton County's largest employer. The announcement comes on the heels of Manitowoc Crane Group's announcement that it laid off 315 workers at its Shady Grove, Pa., plant last week.

The reduction will leave Manitowoc, the former Grove Manufacturing, with about 1,200 workers, a company official said.

In addition to Pennsylvania, JLG has facilities in Ohio, North Dakota, Belgium, France and Romania, and the company announced in November that it broke ground on a manufacturing facility in Tanjin, China.

JLG was purchased by Oshkosh Corp. in late 2006 for $3.2 billion.

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