Solvay Plans Layoffs

By: Allison Rhea, Todd Baucher Email
By: Allison Rhea, Todd Baucher Email

Solvay Advanced Polymers is planning on laying off more than 20 employees next week.

President of the Local Steelworkers Union, Jeff Hill, says Solvay Advanced Polymers is planning a permanent reduction in it's force.

Marietta Plant Manager Wally Kandel says 23 employeed, 13 hourly and 10 salaried employees by next Tuesday, November 17.

In addition, it offered voluntary options to employees, which might affect the number of involuntary layoffs, depending on how many take the voluntary option.

The company employs about 250 workers, about half being hourly.

Hill says officials have told employees the layoffs are necessary due to the company's new five year projection plan.

The company is offering severance packages to laid off workers.


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  • by Hourly Employee Location: Marietta on Nov 12, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    A comment to it's true. You have poor sources of Info. There are approx 145 hourly jobs with 23 being slashed. Thee are approx 150 Salary positions with 7 being slashed. Problem is Company invested $135 million in new Unit that they are not operating because of a soft'n Economy. They have added 3 level of supervisor jobs since they bought the Plant in 2001.We have supervisors supervising 5/6 employees each. Lots of wasted $$ on Upper Management.
  • by its true Location: mtta on Nov 11, 2009 at 06:30 PM
    There is not an even split of salary vs. union. There is about 170 union vs 80 salary.
  • by indiv Location: ohio on Nov 11, 2009 at 05:18 PM
    You guys are kidding right? If it wasn't for the Stimulus Bill this whole plant would have been shut down. Instead of 20 some workers laid off we would have 250 some workers. The demand for polymers has actually increased dramatically since apr/jun, this is just a company restructuring to survive these tough times...
  • by heart felt Location: parkersburg on Nov 10, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    you cannot point the finger at anyone for this,this is not the only plant that this has happen to.you are kinda of lucky that they did not close the whole plant down like some of the others.you have to pull together as a community and get thru this. may god bless you all.
  • by Steve Location: Marietta on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    Yeah we figured something like this would soon happen, Wally Kendal bailed ship on Chevron Phillips a little over a year ago and look what happened to them, 55 laid off!!!!!!!
  • by Dave Location: Belpre on Nov 10, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    You voted for change, what do you expect, more to come, maybe next time you Dem, will wise up before it is to late, if the health care gets passed, then you had better hold on because we will be in for a ride. 1.2 trillionb each year for the next 10 years. I personnal do not want to pay for someone else health care..
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Nov 10, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    It is so sad to see more jobs leaving our area. We could sure use some promised CHANGE to turn things around locally!
  • by Phoenix Location: vienna on Nov 10, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Something is going to happen, but I'd say that the story is unofficial until the company spokesman comments.
  • by robbie Location: marietta on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:21 AM
    somebody tell us more since everyone seems to know more than us guys who work there.
  • by Mega Location: Pburg on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:49 AM
    You can always tell when Christmas is approaching by watching / reading the news for the increase in layoffs... no need for a calendar or to pay any attention to the weather.
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