L.S. Starrett cutting work force locally

First Posted: 3/31/2009

Workers at L.S. Starrett Co. learned Tuesday some of them will be laid off this week, although company officials said the final number has not yet been determined.
The announcement came Tuesday morning, according to Joel Shaughnessay, personnel director for the companys Athol, Mass., location, where the firms corporate offices are located.
The layoffs, he said, are …due to the economic conditions, current inventory levels, and current business conditions. The layoffs announced today are for Mount Airy, other plants have done different things, he said.
The plant in Athol, for instance, announced a small layoff over the last six weeks, eight weeks, and since then the firm has cut the production hours at the plant to 20 per week for the rest of the work force. He did not know if any similar measures were planned for Mount Airy, but said all those details would probably be available by the end of the week.
He said the Mount Airy lay-offs would take effect by the end of this week, but that the company planned to offer those jobs back to affected workers when production demands rise.
Shaughnessay said the company employees about 200 people in Mount Airy, and that accounts for about 10 percent of the companys worldwide production workforce. In addition to Mount Airy and Athol, Starrett has plants in Cleveland, Ohio, Waite Park, Minn., China, Brazil, Scotland, and the Dominican Republic. The firm also maintains other operations in Georgia, South Carolina, California and Canada.
L.S. Starrett manufactures precision tools as such as micrometers, calipers, and rulers, as well as tape measures, levels, electronic gages, dial indicators, gage blocks, granite surface plates, and optical measuring projectors, vision systems.
In addition, the firm produces a broad line of band saw blades, hacksaws, hole saws and jig and reciprocating blades.
Officials with the Mount Airy plant did not return telephone calls for comment.
Contact John Peters at [email protected] or 719-1931.

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