Layoffs at Plant May Not be Permanent

By: Litsa Pappas Email
By: Litsa Pappas Email

HARRISONBURG -- There are new details on a local plant that just laid off 30 workers. The company's communications manager said the layoffs may not be permanent.

Mike Alzamora is the global communications manager for Tenneco, the company which owns the Walker Plant, located on Rt. 11. More than 600 people work at the Walker Plant, which makes auto parts. Alzamora said the company had to lay off nearly 5-percent of its workers there because there's been a slower demand for their product.

"In recent weeks we've seen a decline in production demand for the after-market parts that we make there, including mufflers, catalytic converters and things like that, and we needed to match our staffing at the plant to our production needs," said Alzamora.

He said the workers who were just laid off are now on a recall list, so if production picks up again, they can resume their jobs.

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