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Louisiana-Pacific To Lay Off 90

Wood products manufacturer said Tuesday the planned job cuts at its strand board factory in Athens, Ga., will take place Nov. 3.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Wood products manufacturer Louisiana-Pacific Corp. said Tuesday it plans to cut 90 jobs Nov. 3 at its strand board factory in Athens.

The company blamed a downturn in the U.S. housing market for flagging sales of strand board.

The plant makes roof sheathing products used mainly in residential construction.

Mary Cohn, a company spokeswoman, said about 27 employees will remain on the payroll.

Cohn said affected workers will be offered a severance package.

The state Department of Labor said it will offer displaced employees help in finding new jobs.

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