Rheem Laying Off 125 Furnace Workers

Layoff is in addition to a planned shutdown during the holidays that will keep the plant's 1,000 workers idle for three weeks.

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Rheem heating and air plant in Fort Smith has laid off 125 workers on its furnace line.
 
The layoff is in addition to a planned shutdown during the holidays that will keep the plant's 1,000 workers idle for three weeks.
 
The Atlanta-based company cited a downturn in demand for heaters, brought in part by the housing slump and by warmer weather.
 
Officials in Fort Smith point to new employers opening in the region, including a new pet food plant and a barge-building businesses.
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