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PPG Announces Layoffs at Lexington Plant

22 July 2003

PPG Industries is continuing downsizing at its Lexington plant by terminating 60 hourly employees and not filling four salaried positions.

The layoffs bring the total job losses at the plant since 2001 to 650.

The layoffs are part of the company's decision in 2001 to cut its work force by 50 percent, Tim Mathis, manufacturing manager, said. At that time, the company had about 1,400 employees and now has about 750. No additional layoffs are planned, according to human resources director Jerry Strong. ""This is the final step in that process,"" Strong said. ""That's where we expect to be operating in the foreseeable future.""

The company laid off 300 workers in 2001 and has made several smaller layoffs since. The four salaried positions are being eliminated after retirements and transfers, said Strong. That brings to 33 the number of salaried positions eliminated at the plant since 2001, said Strong.

The latest cuts involve mostly production workers but some were in housekeeping and security. Outside contractors have been hired to handle housekeeping and security, Strong said.

The Pittsburgh-based company, which opened the Lexington plant in 1966, produces fiberglass for printed circuit boards used in electronic devices. PPG has had faced competition from Far East companies.