MOUNT GILEAD, OHIO — Machinery maker HPM Corp. has laid off about 80 plant employees, or half its factory work force, a union official said.
April 27 was the last day of work for the laid-off employees, said Donald Patten, vice president of Local 1319 of the International Association of Machinists.
Patten said Mount Gilead-based HPM employed 159 plant workers before the layoff. HPM continues to produce its injection molding machines, extrusion systems and die-casting equipment, he said.
William Flickinger, president and chief operating officer, did not return an April 27 telephone call seeking comment. Flickinger is leading a group of investors trying to buy the company.
Some office workers also may be laid off, but exact numbers could not be obtained for this story. Before the layoff, HPM employed about 120 office and administrative people.
HPM issued several rounds of layoffs earlier this year, citing a slowdown in automotive and other markets.