Lafarge recalls workers to Bath plant, US

Lafarge recalls workers to Bath plant, US
Published: 26 March 2009

Fifty full-time workers who were laid off from the Lafarge cement plant in Bath six weeks ago will be back on the job Monday.

"It’s great news for everyone involved," said Lafarge spokesperson Rob Cumming.

"Our group of people here much prefer to be producing cement. It’s what the plant is here for and we’re looking forward to everyone coming back."

The employees, who represent about half the plant’s workforce, were laid off Feb. 6, mainly because of the downturn in the economy.

Cumming said the plant typically closes for maintenance in January, but the shutdown was extended from four to eight weeks because of the economic slowdown.

The outlook is much less bleak now than it was in early February, he said.

"The ice is breaking up on the lake so we can start shipping by boat again," Cumming said. "And construction projects are starting to pick up."