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Illinois Manufacturing Jobs Cut with Clarcor

Posted on August 5, 2009

One company is planning to cut more than 100 Illinois manufacturing jobs.

Clarcor, based in Franklin, recently announced its plan to cut more than 150 positions at its Rockford, Ill., plant during the next several months. The company said it does not plan to change anything at its Tennessee plant, but there will be a few layoffs at its Campbellsvile, Ky., location.

The company, which works in air filtration, said it needs to layoff some workers because it lost one customer who decided to do its own manufacturing. According to an article by the Nashville Business Journal, the company began a restructuring initiative in 2006, which led to the closing of two plants in North Carolina and Iowa, and the shifting of two plants, a warehouse and an office in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

During June, the company found that its Q2 earnings had decreased about 32 percent from last year. However, Clarcor hopes new products in natural gas filtration will be announced later this year and help increase sales during 2010 and 2011.

It appears as though the job cuts will only add to Illinois’ consistently declining manufacturing industry, which in turn is adding to the overall declining economy of the state. During June, the state’s manufacturing industry employed 581,00 workers, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 583,800 workers during May and a 12.1 percent decrease from last year.

Overall, the state had a total non-farm employment of 5,686,100 workers during June, down from 5,700,000 workers during May and a 4.6 percent decrease from last year.

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