The Pryor Times

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June 20, 2009

More layoffs in Mayes County

Buzzi Unicem’s Mayes County plant has announced an employee layoff.

Plant manager Dave Puzan released a statement Friday afternoon explaining the facility’s intention to lay off 20 to 30 employees.

Puzan said in the statement the cement plant has decided to maintain a one-kiln operation “due to the substantial downturn in the construction market and in the economy.”

The layoff will begin June 29. All departments will continue to operate with reduced staff.

Puzan said the layoff will affect the plant’s hourly workforce. The plant currently has 91 hourly employees.

“Business has been off for most of the year,” said Puzan.

Puzan said the plant has downsized from three production lines to one line this year. Because of reduced sales, the plant had to shut down its first line in March. Puzan said the second line was closed at the end of May.

Puzan called the decision to lay off workers a “temporary layoff.” He explained he wants to be able to recall workers if business picks up.

Puzan told The Daily Times he does not expect business to pick up until 2010.

Buzzi Unicem USA is considered one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in the U.S. The Mayes County facility is one of eight cement plants Buzzi Unicem USA operates in the U.S. The plants produce approximately 8.5 million metric tons of portland cement and

specialty cements every year.

The cement supplies cement and masonry cement to over 3,800

concrete firms.

The Mayes County plant, located five miles outside of Pryor, has been operating since 1960.

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