DEVELOPING: Maryville plant announces planned layoff of 200 employees

Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) - All employees of the Newell Rubbermaid plant in Maryville were called in this morning for a meeting where company officials announced they plan to eliminate 200 jobs.

The company currently employs 600 workers, only 400 of those jobs will remain.

The company says the layoffs won't happen until the first of September, however, they are already providing retraining and job placement assistance to employees.

In a statement released by the company, officials say they are shifting the jobs to other plants in Texas and Ohio to reduce cost and improve efficiency.

In a statement released by the company, officials say "This was a complicated decision for us to make and it is no reflection on the highly valued work performed by our many associates."

All employees were given the day off with pay after the meeting was over.

Stay tuned to Volunteer TV and volunteertv.com for updates on this developing story.


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  • by Rick Location: Knox on Apr 10, 2008 at 03:54 PM
    Lori, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Good luck in your job search.
  • by lori Location: knoxville on Apr 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM
    I am an employee of the Maryville plant and I am one of the 200 people losing their job. My wish is that all the ones affected will be able to find desent jobs very soon. The people I work with all need to work to pay bills and eat!

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