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ABB Cuts Experienced Veteran Employees

A small group of salaried and hourly employees learned late last week they were losing their jobs, adding to the number of local residents affected by a prolonged depressed economy.

According to ABB General Manager Thomas Minnich, although the number of laid off workers affected was “not huge,” many were veterans who had been with the company a long time.

He declined to specify the exact number of positions that were eliminated, saying, “We really regret to have to take these actions. It really hurts when you have layoffs of seasoned and experienced people.”

However, the plant manager said ABB had avoided the inevitable until last week when the layoffs of long-time salaried personnel “couldn’t be avoided any longer.

“These were really good employees,” he said, “and we had hoped that we would not have to make further reductions, but business conditions have not improved as we had hoped. We see positive signs, but they are in the distant future.”

The job losses come over a year after ABB laid off 69 employees in June of 2009, terminations blamed on a depression in the national economy.

The plant manager said ABB has seen some encouraging months since last June, but customers were still delaying orders that led to the latest reduction in staff last week.