Philips to lay off 22 workers
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By CHRIS HUNTER Salina Journal
Philips Lighting announced Wednesday that it will lay off 22 employees in November at its plant in Salina because of a drop in demand for fluorescent lamps.

“Twenty-two jobs were let go because of a reduction in the demand of the products made at the (Salina) facility,” said Silvie Casanova, spokeswoman for Philips Lighting.

The layoffs come in the area where linear fluorescent lamps are made.

Gaye Kinnett, human resources manager at Philips Lighting in Salina, said plant managers met with employees Wednesday evening to deliver the news.

Kinnett and Dan Mendicina, plant manager, said they couldn’t comment on the layoffs.

Casanova said Philips employs 420 people in Salina but that will drop to fewer than 400 after the layoffs.

“We have tried very hard to ensure we mitigated as much of the job losses as we could,” Casanova said. “Unfortunately, it has still resulted in 22 layoffs.”

Casanova said the reduction of jobs also comes at a time when the plant is not filling positions when employees quit or retire.

Dennis Lauver, president and CEO of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, said the losses could have been higher.

“We certainly feel bad for the people being impacted by this announcement, but my understanding is that Salina isn’t seeing quite as nega…………… continues on Salina Journal

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