By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - Goodrich Corp. says it will lay off 78
workers at its Foley plant in January.

The aerospace firm is citing a slowdown in the airplane
maintenance business.

The company's 800 workers in Foley are split, with half making
new engine cowlings, called nacelles, and half overhauling them.

The Mobile Press-Register reports Goodrich spokesman Patrick
Palmer says the layoffs will come on the maintenance side, leaving
it with about 320 workers.

Palmer says laid-off workers can apply for jobs in the future,
but it's unclear when the Foley plant will be hiring again.

He says Goodrich, based in Charlotte, N.C., will pay severance
equal to a week's salary for each year of service, with a minimum
of four weeks.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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