Northern Ky. lime plant lays off 43

BUTLER, Ky. (AP) - A mine and lime plant in northern Kentucky
has laid off 43 employees since last month.

The facility near Butler in Pendleton County is owned by
Pittsburgh-based Carmeuse Lime & Stone.

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Philip Johnson told
the Lexington Herald-Leader that the facility laid off 34 workers
in early April and nine more this month.

The Black River Kentucky plant produces lime that is used for
industrial applications in businesses such as the steel industry.
Johnson notes the steel industry has been devastated this year and
said Carmeuse had to reduce production capacity.

The Butler plant is still operating but at a lower capacity.
Vice President of Operations Carroll Laufmann says it will employ
about 160.

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