Eramet Marietta Plans Layoffs

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

The state of the economy is forcing another area plant to reduce its workforce.

Eramet in Marietta announced employee layoffs Thursday and will continue doing so Friday.

"The company has decided to reduce its workforce by 110 employees," Joy Frank-Collins, Eramet spokesperson, said.

It's a solution to a problem that can't be avoided.

"The unfortunate reality of how bad this economic situation is that if we did not make these workforce reductions now, we might not be able to survive this downturn in the economy," Frank-Collins said.

Eramet isn't the only company being forced to layoff employees. In fact, workers everywhere are voicing their concerns, and if you really want to hear what they're saying, just ask your local barber.

Jeremy Barton does more than cut hair. He also listens to the problems of many customers, and the shop's hot topic right now is jobs, or the lack of.

"Everybody's really worried. You got so many of these local plants you know," Barton said.

So as unemployed people use a good hair cut to blow off some steam, Eramet officials are doing what they can to help their current employees find new jobs.

"We'll offer employees tips on job searches, assistance in looking for jobs, creating new resumes, exploring new career opportunities," Frank-Collins said.

Opportunities that in today's economy may be few and far between.

It is unknown at this time which employees will be laid off, and the cuts won't be made until March.

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  • by ally Location: marietta on Mar 4, 2009 at 07:31 PM
    My father works for Eramet, there company still is makingloads of money and so is his department. How can a company lay of 110 people? How can the business run properly by cutting that many people, it wont! I realize this is a nationwide slump, but give the people youre laying off more than a measely 10,000 dollar settlement.
  • by kammeron Location: marietta on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    My question to the tree huggers. Do you smoke,do you drive a car,do you live in a home built before 1955,do you burn wood.If you do any of these things you should stop,because smoking, driving, burning wood,and living in a home built before 1955,all produce cancer causing agents.So you ought to move in a tent.
  • by Plubius Location: Washington County on Jan 9, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    The "air" people were actually working to get Eramet to commit more to the infrustructure of the plant and create additional jobs in the process. This is a nationwide slowdown. Eramet made billions last year, and could afford to put a little bit of that into making sure we weren't forced to breathe heavy metals in the entire valley. In fact just this summer Eramet took out an ad in the paper touting that they were dedicating 170 million in the plant for upgrades. I hope they keep that promise and put some local contractors to work in the process while the plant idles down a bit until things pick up. As a community, we need to pull together for all our benefit. Its going to be a tough couple of years.
  • by chris Location: marietta on Jan 8, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Well the tree huggers and air people are getting their wish, the plants are closing. next out the windows tax dollars!
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