Viking Range Lays Off 30 More Employees

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) -- Viking Range Corp. has laid off 30 more employees in Greenwood.

Bill Crump, Viking's director of governmental affairs, tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the layoffs, which came this past week, involved salaried and hourly workers.

Crump says the layoffs were spread among the company's four manufacturing facilities in Leflore County and its corporate office in downtown Greenwood.

Since April 2008, Viking has shed 327 jobs, or about 23 percent of its total work force. It presently employs 1,090 workers, 910 in Leflore County.

Crump says the upscale kitchen appliance manufacturer has been hurt especially by the severe drop-off in new housing construction.

He says the new housing segment has accounted for about 20 percent of Viking's business.

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