Holcim to idle Dundee plant

(Dundee, New York)  —  Holcim (US) Inc. said yesterday it will idle its Dundee cement-making plant in the first half of next year due to a drop in demand for cement products.

One of two kilns at the plant will stop operating by the end of this month, idling 40 employees. The other kiln will cease production in the first part of 2009.

It said it will keep a small work force to run grinding operations and still will maintain its corporate headquarters near the plant.

The firm also will close another plant in Clarksville, Mo. Together, the idling of the facilities will mean the layoff of about 340 employees.

“The closures are in response to economic and marketplace conditions,” said Bernard Terver, president and chief executive officer. “It is with sadness and regret we must take this step in Dundee and Clarksville, as we value the good work all these employees have done for Holcim and their communities.”

Company employees were informed this afternoon.

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