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P&G to cut up to 150 contract jobs

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's more bad news on the job front.  A major Albany factory is making job cuts.

Bad economic news from Albany's Procter and Gamble plant traveled fast.  "I was in route to Atlanta and I received a call from Procter and Gamble," said Mayor Willie Adams.

Miles away in Atlanta, Adams learned in the morning that up to 150 contract employees will lose their jobs at P&G.  "Of course it's not pleasant when 150 people lose employment," said Adams.

Procter and Gamble officials say it wasn't a pleasant choice for them but one they had to make.  "Part of our ongoing strategy at P&G, and we do this often, is that we have contractors built into our staffing so that it gives us the flexibility so if we have to do something as far as staffing or as far as costs, we can do it without impacting our P&G employees," said Vince Falcione, P&G External Affairs.

The struggling economy and rising costs are having an impact on the plant. "Because of various things, whether it's sales tax and energy or healthcare costs or distribution costs," said Falcione.

Remaining competitive with their other plants means cutting those contractor jobs.  They're employment will end months before they'd expected.

"We will start in the next couple of weeks and we hope that by the beginning of April, we have those positions displaced and machines down because we will be shutting equipment down so that we can save on costs," said Falcione.

These job losses add to the hundreds more from Cooper Tire.  Mayor Adams is concerned.

"We have to do all we can in these tough economic times and tighten our belt and make sure we know we may have a job but we may not have one tomorrow," said Adams.

Adams says making a better tomorrow for the city means building upon what we have left.  "We have a pretty good infrastructure of jobs, however we want to add to that. About 80 percent of jobs come from the expansion of existing plants here," said Adams, "I think it's a matter of dreaming on our part that we think we're going to get a new Fortune 500 company during these tough times."

Tough times are now hitting everyone from companies small to big.

About 250 contract employees will remain at the plant.  Officials say there are no plans to lay off any of the 1,200 full-time employees at the plant.

The Albany plant makes several products including Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet tissue, and ThermaCare heat wraps.

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