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Plant in northeast Oklahoma to lay off 37 workers

QUAPAW — A northeastern Oklahoma plant has announced plans to lay off nearly a quarter of its workforce.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 23, 2013
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QUAPAW — A northeastern Oklahoma plant has announced plans to lay off nearly a quarter of its workforce.

Umicore Optical Materials USA said Tuesday that it will lay off 34 of its 137 workers at its plant in Quapaw. Umicore's Timothy Douglas tells a local newspaper that all affected employees were offered severance packages and job-seeking assistants.

The plant manufactures products for the U.S. aerospace sector and other industries.

Douglas says the company has seen a reduced demand because of the availability of cheaper silicon products. He says the company does not anticipate additional layoffs at the plant in Quapaw.

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