ZANESVILLE -- AK Steel on Linden Avenue will lay off at least 10
percent of its work force in the next couple of weeks and company
officials are considering "idling" the plant for several weeks.
Reduced schedules are also being considered.
"We are experiencing some layoffs this past week and will be
laying off approximately 10 percent of our work force in the
Zanesville plant," Alan McCoy, spokesperson for the company said.
"We are considering idling the plant for a couple of weeks."
There are approximately 245 employees at the plant.
McCoy cited a "soft market," as a reason for the layoffs and
"The electrical and stainless steel market is soft right now,"
The stainless steel processing department at the Butler, Pa.
plant has already been temporarily shut down for several weeks,
"If we do discontinue the work at the Zanesville plant, it will
only be temporary," McCoy explained. "Just as the layoffs are
McCoy said the company is "analyzing the situation at all our
Those plants include Zanesville, Coshocton, Butler, Pa., and
Rockport, Ind. No employees have been laid off at the Coshocton
plant at this time.
"We're running our plants as effectively as we can and looking at
all possibilities," McCoy said. "We have looked at short schedules
and layoffs. We are dealing with business conditions in a soft
market right now. We have under-utilized equipment due to the market
conditions at this time."
In February, the plant laid off less than 10 employees due to
slack demand for some of the products from the Zanesville area,
During the next couple of weeks, McCoy said "a couple dozen more
employees will be laid off."
Doug Pryor, the secretary and treasurer of the Zanesville Armco
Independent Organization, the local union at the plant, said he was
unsure exactly how many had been laid off or will be laid off in the
"They've not really told me much at this time, but we do know
layoffs are coming and the plant may be shutting down for a couple
of weeks in October," Pryor said. "What we'll do if that happens is
go on unemployment and sub-pay (supplemental unemployment
Pryor said he was told the layoffs were "due to orders being
Jim Dickson, president of the union, said he did not have a
comment Friday afternoon, but would release a statement Monday.
While the plant in Coshocton has not experienced layoffs as yet,
the company is looking at the plant closely, McCoy said.
AK Steel is headquartered in Middletown and it produces
flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products for
automotive, appliance, construction and manufacturing markets as
well as tubular steel products.