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40 Lose Jobs At South Boston Plant

A total of 40 workers at the Aquatic plant in South Boston, formerly Lasco Bathware, are jobless following the company’s move to eliminate its second shift, according to company officials. Carol Wade, human resources representative at the South Boston plant, confirmed Tuesday the elimination of the shift and the permanent layoffs of the 40 employees. Wade spoke on behalf of the company’s corporate office in Anaheim, Calif.

“We informed our workers Thursday (July 15) that second shift would be eliminated,” Wade said. “Of the 40 employees who were affected, a sizable portion was employed through a temporary agency.”

Wade said the elimination of the 40 positions is “due to the continued softness in the residential construction market.

“Our business is tied to the housing industry,” she said. “The massive slowdown in the housing industry reflects on our business.”

Even with 40 jobs cut, the South Boston Aquatic plant still employs over 200 workers, according to Wade.

Established in early 2010 when Lasco Bathware and Aquatic Whirlpools merged, the company rebranded simply as Aquatic, headquartered in Anaheim.

Aquatic, which is a subsidiary of Tomkins PLC, features three product categories with more than 330 products and accessories, including luxury hydrotherapy, everyday bathware and accessible bathing to accommodate bathers regardless of age or physical ability.

In addition to South Boston, Aquatic has manufacturing facilities in Nevada, Washington, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania.