84 workers at copper plant facing layoffs

84 workers at copper plant facing layoffs

Ansonia Copper and Brass Co. will be laying off about half its workers at in the next few months, the copany president announced Thursday.

Company president Ray McGee said 84 employees would be laid off effective April 2. Around 160 people work at the factory.

McGee said rising utility costs, particularly natural gas and oil, forced the company to close production in some of the higher energy using areas.

The company has a second location in Waterbury with about 50 additional employees, but McGee said that operation will not be affected.

Earlier this week, the parent company of The New Haven Copper Co. mill in Seymour said it would be shutting down the plant in March.

Olin Corp. said the shutdown will result in the loss of 41 union and 14 nonunion jobs.

Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.ctcentral.com

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