NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — As many as 100 employees at Felman Production in Mason County will be laid off later this month. Company officials said the layoffs, which will cut the current workforce in half, will take effect on August 31.
Operations at the New Haven facility were temporarily suspended on June 28 because of what company officials called “challenging market conditions.”
They said layoffs are now necessary because of the continuing low prices and high manufacturing costs of the ferrosilicomanganese that is produced at the plant. Ferrosilocomanganese is used as a deoxidizer and alloy additive in steel manufacturing to create a purer steel.
More than three dozen Felman workers were laid off in May.
After this latest round of layoffs takes effect, 100 people will still be working for Felman in New Haven. Those with the company said they are working to keep the site viable for the long term.
Felman opened its production facility along the Ohio River in Mason County in 2006.