BELLE, W.Va. — Seventy-eight West Virginians lost their jobs after Walker Machinery announced layoffs Tuesday.

The layoffs include employees across nine Walker Machinery locations in West Virginia, including one in the eastern Kanawha County town of Belle.

Whayne Supply also announced the layoff of 87 employees at the 16 locations in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

Both companies are sister dealerships that sell mining and forestry equipment.