43 laid off at New Limerick L-P mill

Posted May 21, 2009, at 4:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:47 a.m.

NEW LIMERICK — Forty-three employees at the Louisiana-Pacific plant in New Limerick were laid off on Wednesday in what company officials pegged as a “temporary” move for most of those affected.

Mary Cohn, spokeswoman for Louisiana-Pacific Corp., said Thursday that 36 hourly and seven salaried employees were laid off.

“It is just due to very low demand for product right now and poor market conditions,” she explained. “This is just temporary for most of the employees.”

The layoffs took effect immediately.

Founded in 1973, L-P is one of the leading manufacturers of premium building products in North America. The company fabricates home building products at 29 manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Canada and Chile.

The New Limerick plant, which employs 73 workers, was established in 1982 as an oriented-strand board, or OSB, mill.

Just two years ago, the plant was the site of a significant expansion.

In 2007, workers converted the site from OSB production to laminated strand lumber, or LSL, production.

The expansion and conversion represented an investment of more than $140 million.

Neither Skip Cleary, who serves as the New Limerick plant manager, nor town officials could be reached for comment Thursday.

Cohn said that L-P plants in other parts of the country also have been affected by layoffs.

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