Black and Decker Sheds Jobs

Jackson, Tenn. (AP) -- About 160 people are losing their jobs at Black and Decker plants in Jackson.

The power tool company eliminated those positions Wednesday. Company spokesman Roger Young says about half of the company's saving are coming through voluntary retirement packages, the other half through forced layoffs.

The company says the layoffs are permanent and those workers shouldn't expect to be called back.

Most of the jobs eliminated were in manufacturing.

Black and Decker still has about 1,100 workers at its two Jackson plants. Young says no further cuts are planned in Jackson for now.

The company says a construction slowdown has softened demand for all of Black and Decker's tool brands and says demand could remain slack through the end of the year.

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