Lafarge announces Alpena layoffs, US

Lafarge announces Alpena layoffs, US
Published: 25 March 2009

Lafarge will be laying off over 130 employees from the Lafarge Alpena Cement in the near future, reports the Alepena News.

The company informed employees of the cuts Tuesday morning, and cited the economic climate for the reduction in staffing.

"Due to the current market conditions and as part of Lafarge’s ongoing focus to improve efficiencies, the Lafarge Alpena Cement plant has implemented a temporary shutdown of its kiln operations resulting in a temporary reduction in its workforce," the company stated in a press release.

The release later states the shutdown is expected to last 45 days and the company is exploring ways to assist the laid-off employees.

This past summer Lafarge shut down one of its five kilns and in August laid off about 25 skilled and general labour contracted employees. It was the first time in 20 years a kiln had been closed.