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Kohler Co. Lays Off 160

Layoffs are result of slow production in the housing industry.

KOHLER, Wis. (AP) - Kohler Co. said Monday it would lay off 160 employees.
The layoffs will affect the company's distribution center and cast iron and engine divisions, all within the village of Kohler, and the generator division in the Sheboygan County town of Mosel, said Todd Weber, the company's manager of kitchen and bath public relations.
The company did not say when the layoffs would take effect or how long the employees would be idled. Weber also declined to say how many workers would be affected at each site.
''The layoffs are a result of slow production in the housing industry, and I guess we have to just monitor the industry to see if they are permanent or temporary,'' he said.
Kohler is a leading manufacturer of plumbing products for the home construction and home remodeling industry. The firm also makes air-cooled, four-cycle engines used to power lawn and garden equipment and electrical generators.
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