• 41°

Norandal lays off more employees in Salisbury

By Mark Wineka
mwineka@salisburypost.com
In continued efforts to reduce its workforce in response to lagging shipments, Norandal USA will lay off an additional 22 hourly employees effective Sunday.
Norandal USA produces rolls of aluminum foil used in heating and air-conditioning, packaging and printing applications. Its Salisbury plant is located along Jake Alexander Boulevard near Old Concord Road.
The plant employed about 240 people a year ago before the company began downsizing personnel, both salaried and hourly workers.
Tom Rugg, human resources manager for the Salisbury plant, said the expected workforce will eventually be 132 hourly workers and 31 salaried, for a 163 total.
Norandal will still rank among the top 35 companies in Rowan County in the number of employees.
The company has had to use attrition, buyout incentives and layoffs as part of its “right sizing,” Rugg said in an e-mail Monday.
Norandal’s salaried workforce has decreased from 50 employees in August 2007 to 31 employees now, Rugg said. The plant will have an hourly workforce of about 140 by the end of September.
For those who will be laid off effective Sunday, the company will hold a voluntary meeting at 9 a.m. Monday to explain available benefits. The meeting will include representatives from the Employment Security Commission and several United Way agencies.
Rugg said the company also has petitioned state and federal governments for additional benefits for the laid-off workers through Trade Adjustment Assistance funding. Those monies are allocated if job losses are related to increased foreign competition.
“We have lost a great deal of desirable heavy-gauge foil business due to downturns in the automotive and housing industries,” Rugg said, “and as a result of increased imports of aluminum foil.”
Planned shipments are down significantly from prior years, he added.
Other large Rowan employers have also been hit by sagging business. Freightliner announced in June it was recalling about 650 of some 1,500 workers it let go in June when the Cleveland plant eliminated its second shift.
The company laid off 1,180 in April 2007.

Comments

Comments closed.

Coronavirus

First dose COVID-19 vaccinations up to 24% in Rowan County

Crime

Blotter: April 22

Crime

Lawsuit: Salisbury Police, Rowan Sheriff’s Office tore woman’s shoulder during traffic stop

Business

‘Believe me, they’ll be fresh’: Patterson Farm welcomes strawberry crop

Local

City appoints more members to boards, commissions, with 9 seats left to be filled

News

Virtual play groups the new norm at Smart Start

Local

City meets in closed session to consult with attorney on two ongoing litigation cases

Education

Summit takes art out of the classroom, into the student’s home

Education

Education briefs: Gene Haas Foundation donates $12,500 to RCCC

Business

County’s restaurant grant program dishes out funding to eight local eateries

High School

High school football: Yow out as South head coach

Education

Shoutouts

Local

City moves forward on greenway extension, traffic signal upgrades

Business

State broadband survey could help fund local infrastructure

Education

Happy Roots adds to programming with Bic recycling program

Education

RCCC small business center partners 53 Ideas Pitch Competition

Nation/World

Sheriff: Deputy fatally shot Black man while serving warrant

Nation/World

Garland announces sweeping police probe after Floyd verdict

Crime

District attorney won’t bring charges against former Salisbury officer depicted in K-9 video

Coronavirus

Cooper plans to lift gathering, distancing limits by June 1

Crime

Convicted sex offender charged with having child pornography

Crime

Rowan County woman faces drug crimes for gas station incident

Crime

Blotter: Thousands of dollars in lumber taken from Newsome Road house

Local

Locals react to Chauvin verdict, reflect on work still to do