Corning Inc. cuts 100; diesel decline blamed

Jeffrey Smith

Corning Inc. laid off 100 hourly workers at its two local emissions control manufacturing facilities Monday morning, Nov. 5.??

The job cuts are temporary and are not part of the company’s broader restructuring program announced in October’s third-quarter report, said Joe Dunning, a Corning Inc. spokesman.??

Corning Inc. made the cuts because of the declining demand in automotive ??and diesel engine manufacturing, Dunning said. “It has become necessary for Corning to adjust its hourly work force in response to this decline,” Dunning said. “The European market for vehicles in particular is very soft.”

Corning Inc. views the layoffs as temporary and anticipates these workers will return as soon as the global market demand improves.

?“That’s our hope,” said Michael Walker, president of United Steelworkers of America Local 1000.??

The layoffs, effective next week, were given to union employees through personal conversations with Corning Inc. officials early Monday morning.??

Walker said 75 of those are losing their jobs work at Corning’s diesel plant; the remaining 25 are working in Erwin.??

The union-represented employees do a variety of work at the two plants, Walker said. About 300 union employees will remain at each plant after the layoffs go into effect.??

Walker said the union’s primary concern is future job cuts.??

“We’re not being told if there will be additional cuts,” Walker said. “But we are being told the market is soft. Honestly, they don’t share a whole lot with us. We are just hoping with the holidays coming there won’t be additional cuts. It’s a terrible part of manufacturing.”?