BATON ROUGE, La. (Jan. 31)—DSM Copolymer Inc. is trimming the work force at its Baton Rouge emulsion SBR plant by 40 in the next few weeks in "an attempt to keep the plant financially viable." The layoffs will reduce the staffing at the 60-year-old plant to about 260, according to Bob Rickerman, plant manager, who said DSM will work with local authorities and other employers in the area to help the displaced workers find jobs. The company's contract with several AFL-CIO unions at the site preclude it offering severance packages, Rickerman said. DSM Copolymer Vice President Didier Begat expressed regret for the action, but said, "Unfortunately the financial challenges for our plant and our industry continue to mount. Significant cost reductions are needed if we are to continue operating the Baton Rouge facility." DSM has pointed to low-cost imports, primarily from Asian sources, as the biggest reason for the company's problems. DSM's current three-year contract with its unions expires in October.
DSM to cut jobs at Baton Rouge SBR facility
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