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Zippo Lays Off More Workers

Lighter maker cut 80 employees, more than 15 percent of its work force, citing improved efficiencies and operating capabilities.

BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) -- Zippo Manufacturing Co. has laid off 80 employees, citing improved efficiencies and operating capabilities.

The Bradford-based company had laid off 35 workers in June, citing a decline in business. Thursday's layoff accounted for more than 15 percent of its work force.

Zippo's business has been affected by the anti-smoking movement, Transportation Safety Administration regulations and counterfeits.

For years, Zippo was McKean County's largest employer, but last year it was passed by a hospital.

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