Stark Manufacturing To Cut Jobs

Metals manufacturer said it is laying off 48 workers at its metal tubing plant in Paris, Ark., and says the job cuts will be permanent.

PARIS, Ark. (AP) -- Stark Manufacturing is laying off 48 workers at its metal tubing plant in Paris and says the job cuts will be permanent.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the workers' last day will be Friday. The company let 30 workers go last month. The plant will have 148 workers after the layoff.

Plant manager Mike Stenerson told the newspaper that he expects no further layoffs.

The factory produces aluminum, steel and copper tube and tube assemblies that it makes for autos, airplanes and other machinery. Stark officials say the company's core business is solid but that it lost sales to an expanded list of customers.

The Governor's Dislocated Workers Task Force is to help workers get services that are available to them and assist in finding new work.

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