PORT NECHES,Texas (Dec. 8)—Ameripol Synpol Corp. will lay off 215 wage and salaried workers to "restructure" its Port Neches emulsion styrene butadiene rubber facility, the company said in a Dec. 5 release. "We deeply regret having to take this action that affects so many loyal and dedicated employees and their families," said Bob Straface, vice president of human resources. The layoffs will help the firm "realign and focus the work force to meet current demand and remain ready to increase capacity when the market improves," he added. Ameripol Synpol manufactures ESBR at its Port Neches and Odessa, Texas, plants. The firm said the Odessa facility hasn´t been affected by the initiatives taken at the Port Neches facility.