Local Corporation is Laying Off Workers

A Dothan industry is laying off workers but plant officials say it will be next week before they determine how deep the cuts will go.

The lay-offs at the Swedish Match Corporation plant actually began yesterday.

Factory Manager Tony Martin says the move is prompted by the current state of the economy.

Martin says sales are down about 30 percent with no significant improvement in sight.

The factory employs about 240 workers staffing two shifts.

The facility manufactures cigars primarily under the White Owl brand name.