TOWN OF TONAWANDA —
In June, the plant made headlines when union members cited safety concerns and news that the plant planned on shedding about 6 positons, though it had been awarded a $550,000 tax credit intended for job creation.
The plant is also the site of a fatal explosion in 2010 in which federal officials found plant managers at fault when flammable vapors weren’t cleared from a chemical tank prior to welding.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined the plant $165,000 in May for violations of the Clear Air Act.
At the time, the company announced its intent to begin manufacturing a line of countertops now made in Korea called “Private
Collections,” which the firm pointed out is expensive to ship to large markets in the U.S. Officials, however, were not promised the move would create new jobs.
Ciotta said those plans are continuing despite Tuesday’s news.
The layoffs are expected to affect union and non-union workers and support staff.
Contact city editor Neale Gulley at 693-1000, ext. 41114.