Maytag lays off workers at S.C. plant

Maytag lays off workers at S.C. plant
 
Date October 11, 2005
Section(s) Business
Brief  
 
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A Maytag washing machine plant laid off 60 to 70 workers at a plant here because of “market conditions,” a company official said.

The workers learned Monday they no longer had jobs but would receive wages and benefits through Dec. 10, John Daggett from Maytag‘s corporate offices said.

The Newton-based company laid off 75 workers in April and 24 employees last year. Florence, along with Maytag‘s Newton and North Canton, Ohio facilities, have been mentioned for possible shutdown although no decisions have been made.

“The layoffs were a result of market conditions, and have nothing to do with our employees’ productivity,” Daggett said.

The company is trying to sort out the details of a takeover bid by rival Whirlpool.

The corporation’s primary brands are Maytag, Hoover, Jenn-Air, Amana, Dixie-Narco and Jade.

The company bought the Florence plant from Amana four years ago and converted it from making kitchen ranges to high-end energy efficient washing machines.

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