Less than a month before Christmas, one of Webster City’s largest employers is trimming its workforce. Electrolux is eliminating about seven percent of its staff at its plant which makes clothes washers and dryers, according to Paul Hess, the factory’s Human Services Director.Electrolux has about two thousand employees. 140 will be cut next week, Wednesday being their last day. Hess blames some of the cuts on “softening in certain markets” and calls it a “reflection of the overall economy.” He also says the unconcluded presidential election is frightening some consumers from buying big-ticket items.The company is not activity involved in finding new employment for the workers. However the workers are eligible for employment benefits.Electrolux recently changed its name from Frigidaire.
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