Marietta Layoffs

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 12, 2008 at 12:38 AM EDT

A local company known for making hotel amenities says it's laying off more than 100 people at it's Southern Tier headquarters.

John Gerard has the story.

THE ASSEMBLY LINES KEEP ROLLING AT THE MARIETTA CORPORATION IN CORTLAND BUT NOW WITH 130 FEWER EMPLOYEES.

"MARIETTA CORPORATION HAS ANNOUNCED LAYOFF OF ABOUT 130-EMPLOYEES AS A RESULT OF A DECLINE IN OUR ECONOMY," SAID SR. VP DAVE HEMPSON.

UNTIL TODAY, MARIETTA, WHICH MAKES HOTEL AMENITIES LIKES MINI SOAPS AND SHAMPOOS, EMPLOYED OVER 900-PEOPLE. AND THE LAYOFFS AFFECT WORKERS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. IT SAYS WHEN HOTEL BUSINESS IS DOWN, LAYOFFS ARE IMMINENT.

"THE OCCUPANCY IN HOTELS IS DOWN ANYWHERE BETWEEN 8 AND 12 PERCENT WHICH IS CONSISTENT WITH THE SIZE OF THE LAYOFF," SAID HEMPSON.

CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE NEWS IS A MAJOR BLOW TO THE COMMUNITY.

"I MEAN YOU KNOW WE'VE GOT TWENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, 50-THOUSAND IN THE COUNTY. AND WHEN YOU LAY OFF 130-PEOPLE, IT'S GONNA' HAVE AN IMPACT," SAID MAYOR TOM GALLAGHER.

IN THE PAST, MARIETTA HAS LAID OFF WORKERS IN A SLUGGISH ECONOMY AND SUBSEQUENTLY HIRED MANY BACK AFTER AN ECONOMIC UPTURN. AND THEY'RE HOPEFUL THAT THIS SITUATION WILL END THE SAME.

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