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Armstrong Cuts 113 Jobs At Tennessee Plant

Lower demand for hardwood flooring due to the housing market slump is forcing the company to restructure its operations.

ONEIDA, Tenn. (AP) -- Armstrong Hardwood Flooring Co. says it will lay off 113 workers at its Oneida plant at the end of May.

A spokeswoman for the Lancaster, Penn., company says there's lower demand for hardwood flooring because of the housing market slump, forcing the company to restructure its operations.

Armstrong will eliminated a third shift that was added about a year ago to deal with the higher demand at the time. Two day shifts employing 384 people will continue after the layoffs.

Those laid off will be eligible for re-employment should demand for hardwood flooring improve.

Armstrong closed a different operation in Scott County about a year ago, laying off about 50 employees. Many of those were hired to fill the now-ending third shift.

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