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Tyler Pipe announces layoffs to take place at end of year

A major East Texas company announced Friday morning it will be laying of more than 80 workers by the end of the year. Tyler Pipe says the poor economy has forced the company to make cuts at its North Plant.

Tyler Pipe says it greatly regrets the layoffs are necessary, but says until the economy improves it will have to reduce production at the North Plant to just one shift.

Beginning on, or around December 31st, Tyler Pipe says 75 hourly workers and 10 salaried workers will be laid off.

The company says market conditions and the overall economy will determine if the North Plant resumes a second shift after 2009. The North Plant produces cast iron soil pipe and fittings for the commercial building market.

The South Plant, Tyler Pipe says, is more closely tied to the residential housing market.

The North Plant's assistant general manager Tony Orlowski says the entire North Plant has performed extremely well the past year, and he hopes the cuts are only temporary.

If the economy does improve, the North Plant will resume a two-shift schedule, and those employees who lost their jobs will be hired back first.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

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