More layoffs are hitting a north-central Iowa factory. Officials of Electrolux Home Products in Webster City announced Thursday that 43 workers will be laid off on a temporary basis effective this Monday. Company spokesman Tony Evans said the layoffs are due to weakened industry demand in light of current economic conditions.
Evans said the workers could be called back when the market conditions improve. Last November, 99 workers were laid off at the Webster City Electrolux washer and dryer plant. At one time, the Electrolux plant employed approximately 2,100 workers.
Back in 2006, company officials announced that 700 jobs at the Webster City Electrolux plant would be eliminated with the jobs moving to a facility in Mexico. The shift in production has yet to occur but Evans blamed the weak demand for appliances in the current recession.