Celanese, a chemicals giant, has informed the N. Carolina Department of Commerce that the company is going to lay off approximately 100 workers at its Ticona Manufacturing subsidiary located in North Carolina, just a a few miles outside of Shelby.
Most of the job cuts will take effect around 9/30/2009, according to the Celanese's filing. 11 additional cuts will be made in 2/2010, the filing said.
Travis Jacobsen, a spokesman for Dallas-based Celanese said the layoffs are the result of the company closing its polyester material production unit at the facility and moving the operations of its compounding unit to Kentucky. Jacobsen said a separate unit with approximately 50 employees will remain active.
The company attributes the job cuts to a large decline in demand for products made at the facility and challenging market conditions, especially in the car and electronics sectors, Jacobsen said.
He also said that the affected plant specializes in making plastics that are used in automobiles.