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Firms cutting 91 jobs
Announcements came Friday

Sunday, March 22, 2009

By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Nearly 100 people will soon be out of work due to layoffs announced Friday at Hanesbrands Inc. and CPFilms in Henry County.

Hanesbrands Inc. announced that 46 employees will be laid off at the Virginia Service Center in the Patriot Centre industrial park. Also, CPFilms cut 45 workers' jobs Friday, effective immediately.

Employees at the local Hanesbrands distribution center have been working short time for the last month or more, according to Matt Hall, vice president of external communications.

"In the past, we've been able to modulate our work force" by not hiring new employees or through attrition, Hall said.

But the Martinsville location has "been pretty static. There's been no hiring and not much attrition," he said.

The company has a total of about 300 employees in Martinsville, and about 255 will remain after the layoff, Hall said.

Because seniority will figure into the layoff, Hall said he does not know when the layoffs will take effect. He added that he does not foresee additional layoffs in Martinsville.

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company, which was spun off from Sara Lee Corp. in 2006, has about 50,000 employees, according to online information.

It has "more than a century of history" and manufactures apparel including T-shirts, bras, panties, men's underwear, kids' underwear, socks, hosiery, casualwear and activewear, according to the Web site.

Missy Hammond, who works in corporate communications with Solutia, parent company of CPFilms, said Friday's layoff was similar to one a couple of months ago which affected about the same number of people.

The company "will work within the community to aid in the best transition possible for those individuals," according to Hammond and a release from the company.

Affected employees will receive severance packages, including extended health benefits. The company will supplement the cost of Cobra (health insurance) so employees' rates will not change for four months, Hammond said.

The layoff was throughout the plant and prompted by the current global economic crisis and the direct impacts on the auto, housing and commercial construction markets, according to a release. It also stated that the company's Fieldale site "is taking actions to align production and inventories with the market's recent demand trends."�

As the world's leading producer of high-quality, aftermarket window films and a leading supplier of high-value precision-coated film and film components, "Solutia's CPFilms business is committed to the Martinsville site and to the surrounding community and will continue to build upon its world-class manufacturing, supply chain and technology platform here in Martinsville," according to the release.

About 400 employees remain at the plant, Hammond said.


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