The Dragon Cement plant in Thomaston is shutting down production for four to six weeks and temporarily laying off an undetermined number of workers.
Plant manager Ray DeGrass told the Bangor Daily News that the move is a result of the slowdown in the construction business. "We’re completely full of inventory," DeGrass told the online publication Village Soup, which first reported the story.
About 20 percent of the plant’s workforce was laid off in January, leaving about 110 workers at the facility, which makes cement for concrete products. DeGrass told Village Soup that the company hasn’t had to resort to temporary layoffs since 1991.