If a statement sent to the Laurinburg Exchange Wednesday via its website is accurate, the Pilkington plant may have delayed a decision to lay off 75 people.
On a form to submit news online, officials with the glass plant appeared to be announcing a postponement of a decision announced in July that the company would idle a production line at the Laurinburg facility. The statement suggested that the plant would add — at least temporarily — 125 workers.
“Pilkington-NSG has experienced a change in volume that will postpone the predicted layoffs and instead hire approximately 50 temporaries to work through the end of the holiday season,” the statement said.
Submitted with the information was the phone number of Nippon Sheet Glass Group spokesperson Roberta Steedman. No Pilkington officials could be reached at presstime to confirm the information.
Scotland County Economic Developer Greg Icard was also unable to confirm on Wednesday whether the layoffs had been postponed.
The Japanese-based NSG Group said in July that one of the two production “float lines” at the Laurinburg plant would be “idled.” The idling process “was expected to be completed between August and September.”
At the time that the layoffs were announced, Steedman said that the “intent is that production will recommence on this line when market conditions permit.”
Pilkington also scaled back hours and its workforce about three years ago. At that time, the plant employed about 280 people.