Due to market conditions and a changing regulatory environment, Lafarge North America announced on April 29, 2010 that it will cease clinker production at its Seattle cement plant at the end of 2010 and put the kiln in a care and maintain mode. The facility will then become a facility dedicated to cement grinding, blending and shipping.
Seattle plant manager Richard Sebastianell said: We are letting our people know now. Our best intention is to give us the maximum time available to find a solution for every person affected. That’s our ultimate goal. We have six to eight months and we have different services we’re offering our people to help the transition and find other positions or jobs...One, within Lafarge, if we’re able to find the right skill set, and a person is able to re-locate we can entertain that and we’re going to be bringing some services in the plant to train people so that they can market themselves better... We’ll actually help them build their resumes, and work on interviewing skills."
The company also has other plans, whose details will be released soon to aid laid off workers.