CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Aug. 22)—Conveyor belt manufacturer Scandura Inc. will eliminate 13 salaried staff positions before the end of August, according to a recent company statement. The company said it continues to cut costs in the wake of a major downturn in the North American conveyor belt market. The reductions represent an 8-percent cut in the company's North American work force. Several of the positions will be eliminated through retirements and transfers, and Scandura will provide separation packages for affected employees, Kelley said. "The declining business conditions in North America have resulted in reduced sales opportunities in all of our served markets," said Randy Kelley, Scandura president. "We are implementing several strategies at all four of our operations to continue reducing and controlling costs." Scandura employs about 470 workers at its plants in Charlotte, N.C.; Port Clinton, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio; and Bracebridge, Ontario. Year 2000 revenues for the firm exceeded $110 million, according to the company.