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USGNN Original StoryViracon-Statesboro Layoffs Affect 164 Employees

As a result of the current economic conditions that have affected much of the construction market, Viracon in Statesboro, Ga., laid off 164 employees this week.

According to an article from the Statesboro Herald Bob Randall, vice president of operations in Statesboro, said that the workers who were laid off were offered severance packages and other resources.

At this time there are no plans for layoffs at either of Viracon's locations in Minnesota and Utah.

"Those facilities remain at capacity as we continually work to balance production volumes with demand," Christine Shaffer, director of marketing, told™.

Viracon, like many businesses, has been impacted by the current economic downturn.

The September 17 second-quarter earning statement from Apogee Enterprises, Viracon's parent company, stated that backlog had declined compared to the first quarter, due to "slowing bid to award timing, cancellation of two casino projects and increasing competitive pressures in commercial construction markets." Architectural segment backlog was $446.7 million, compared to $405.4 million in the prior-year period and $491.0 million at the end of the first quarter.

The statement also noted that with the architectural glass business running at full capacity during the quarter, "labor costs were higher than planned to overcome production bottlenecks while maintaining a focus on delivering complete, high-quality product orders on-time to customers."

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