PARKERSBURG - A longtime Parkersburg business is ceasing manufacturing and laying off part of its workforce.
Dover Parkersburg, a manufacturer of metal garbage cans, announced the cuts this week.
"Right now we are having layoffs and ceasing manufacturing," said Bill Cusack, director of operations. "We are still going to be shipping and receiving for the foreseeable future."
Dover Parkersburg, a longtime Parkersburg business, is ceasing manufacturing and laying off six people. The company makes metal garbage cans.
Six workers were laid off Tuesday, leaving 18 employees at the plant, Cusack said.
"It's a measure to make us profitable. We haven't been profitable for about a year now," he said.
The business, located on 29th Street in Parkersburg, has been in business since 1833. Cusack said the plant was built in 1900 and the current owners took control of the company in 1946.
Cusack said he is unsure whether more layoffs or cuts could follow.
"Right now I can't really say," he said. "It's a bit of a mystery to me at this point."
Keith Burdette, president of the Wood County Development Authority, said he has not received much information on the changes at Dover Parkersburg.
"I've not had direct contact with them," he said. "We didn't receive the notification. Instead they notified the West Virginia Development Office in relation to employee dislocation services. The information we have is very sketchy right now."
Burdette said state officials have indicated the company may shift some of its production to Mexico, and is working with the parent company, which is based in Steubenville, on alternatives.
The past year has not been good for manufacturing in the region. The biggest closure was Century Aluminum in Ravenswood where 650 employees lost their jobs.
Among other companies closing and laying off employees were:
* Airolite, Marietta, closed, 25 jobs.
* Alcan Rolled Products, Ravenswood, 168 employees furloughed.
* Americas Styrenics, Marietta, 60 people.
* R&J Trucking, Marietta, 35 layed off.
* International Converter, Belpre, closed, 57 employees affected.