Viking layoffs reach 69 for 2008

Published 2:52 pm Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Viking Range Corp. has announced an additional 21 full-time employees have been laid off because of the poor economy.

These layoffs, along with 48 announced in April, bring the total number of full-time employees laid off at the Greenwood-based upscale appliance manufacturer to 69.

According to a written statement from Viking’s communications manager, Cary New, the downturn in the economy has been hard on all consumer goods sales, even luxury consumer products.

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New says the situation is not likely to get better anytime soon, and a rehiring of the laid off workers isn’t expected.

Currently, Viking has 1,220 employees in its Greenwood operations. The company is Leflore County’s largest employer.