Canadian Plastics

Georgia Gulf issues temporary layoffs at Sarnia PVC site

Nearly 30 workers have been temporarily laid off at Royal Polymers, a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing plant ...

May 26, 2008   Canadian Plastics

Nearly 30 workers have been temporarily laid off at Royal Polymers, a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturing plant owned by U.S.-based Georgia Gulf Corporation.

According to a report in the Sarnia Observer, employees were told last week that the workforce was being a cut to reflect market trends. However, they were given a tentative callback date of August 18.

Calls to Georgia Gulf were not answered, but Georgia Gulf spokesperson Ashley Mendoza told local media that the plant had been idle since April. She noted that the layoffs were necessary because of deteriorating market conditions for PVC.

“The Sarnia plant is presently idle, and has been for some time,” she told the Observer. Mendoza also told the newspaper that the Royal Polymers Inc. location will now serve as a “swing plant” for the company.

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