Third of workforce laid off as Joppa kiln shuts

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US: Lafarge US has announced that it has laid off 36 workers at its plant at Joppa, Illinois, representing about one-third of the plant's total workforce. The layoffs, which took place Thursday 15 March 2012, were cited as the result of the closure of one of the two kilns at the plant, which has a total installed capacity of 1.25Mt/yr.

The kiln has been mothballed due to consistent low cement demand, with Lafarge saying that local sales have fallen by 44% in recent years.

Last modified on 26 March 2012


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