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Noranda lays off 35 employees

Thursday, November 13, 2008

NEW MADRID -- Due to the economy, some employees of Noranda Aluminum were recently laid off.

Company officials confirmed that 35 people were laid off effective Nov. 1. Those terminated were chosen by seniority.

Keith Gregston, president and general manager of Noranda, said the price of aluminum has dropped from $1.50 over the summer to 90 cents.

"This is one of those things we don't like to do," he said. "But our goal is to maintain a sustainable business and support our coworkers, communities, customers, suppliers and investors."

Gregston said he was unsure of whether more cuts will come in the future. "Everything in under review," he said.

According to its Web site, Noranda's New Madrid operations directly employs 1,100 people with an annual payroll of approximately $60 million. The primary products plant there, which produces metal, was formed in 1968.