Lack of snow causing layoffs at Cargill

By Haley Burton

Lack of snow causing layoffs at Cargill

March 22, 2013 Updated Mar 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM EDT

Lansing, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Up to 130 employees could be laid off from a local salt mine starting in June.

According to a WARN notice from the New York Department of Labor, the reason for the temporary plant layoff is unforeseen business conditions caused by the lack of snow this and last winter.

Cargill provides deicing salt and treated salt products.

Cargill spokesman Mark Klein said because last winter was so mild, many road departments had inventory they carried over.

While this winter has produced more snow, the actual number of layoffs won't be determined until there are no longer snow events.

Cargill in Lansing employs 180 people. Any layoffs would begin on June 10, 2013 and end on Aug. 8, 2013.