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June 20, 2014

Dozens of workers at area plant face layoffs

Job cuts are imminent at the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals plant in Hobart, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Company spokeswoman Lynn Phillips said about 15 percent of the staff will be affected. A company official would not say what that number impacted is, what the current staffing is, or how many of the cuts will come from a voluntary-separation agreement. Officials familiar with the situation have estimated about 80 people could be affected.

When the plant announced cutbacks in 2010, about 600 people continued at the plant.

Phillips said that it’s company policy not to disclose employment figures, and that most of those affected will leave the company by early July.

The CDO Workforce Business Services is helping to organize a Mallinckrodt sponsored job fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on July 9 at the Holiday Inn at Oneonta to help those affected.

Delaware County Industrial Development Agency Chairman and county Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Jim Thomson said: “Any time you lose 80 jobs, it’s devastating.”

Some of the employees live outside the county, so the layoffs will have an impact on Otsego and Schoharie counties as well, he said.

“We can’t afford to lose those jobs,” he said, adding that he will be working with CDO Workforce to help those affected find employment. There is a demand for those with the proper skills, he said, and “we will do everything we can to make it happen.”

In a statement, Phillips said the cuts are a result of “reduced long-term demand, operational improvements and a change in shift schedules. We are taking action to realign and reshape our resources as part of our effort to position the Hobart plant to be a top-performing manufacturing site.”

Following the June 9 deadline for a voluntary-separation program, the company determined the need for additional cuts.

“Impacted employees are being notified this week that their positions will be eliminated,” she said.

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