Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Whirlpool lays off 25 at Arkansas plant
By AP | October 04, 2011

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Whirlpool Corp. officials say nearly two dozen people have been laid off at its plant in Fort Smith.

In a statement released Tuesday, the company announced that 22 employees had been let go at the facility.

Officials announced in July that about 25 salaried employees would separate from the company or take retirement.

The company cites reduced demand for major appliances and what it called "unfair trade practices by foreign competitors selling refrigerators in the United States."

Whirlpool laid off 850 employees at the Fort Smith plant in late 2010, leaving an estimated 1,020 hourly and 110 salaried workers.