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Temporary layoffs affect workers at two plants

Both Thomson Plastics and the Shaw Industries plant in Thomson have had recent layoffs.

Thomson Plastics has a seasonal layoff every year, said Mike Carrington, the executive director of the Development Authority of McDuffie County and the City of Thomson.

The company has an off-season that lasts about three months. Each year about 80 workers are affected by layoffs in the fall, but many are rehired, Carrington said.

Thomson Plastics laid off more workers than usual this year, including a few personnel and management positions.

The economic downturn necessitated temporary layoffs at Shaw, Carrington said

"None of these are permanent," he said. "It's bad, but it's typical in a down economy."

Carrington said Thomson has fared well economically compared with other cities.

"We've been lucky over past three or four years with three new companies and five expansions," he said. "We haven't lost an industry in the five years I've been doing this."

Web posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011

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