Hammond factory delays some of planned 100 layoffs

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A northwestern Indiana factory that makes springs for rail cars is delaying some of the planned layoffs of nearly 100 workers.

Amsted Rail had announced layoffs starting in mid-December for its Hammond factory but has told state officials it's holding off on the layoffs of about 40 workers until February. At least a dozen workers are being recalled in January for training.

Bill Carey of United Steelworkers Local 2003 tells The Times of Munster that the company's business has been cyclical, leading to layoffs when orders decline.

The company has blamed the layoffs on a "dramatic downturn" in business. Hammond officials in June approved property-tax breaks for a planned $7.7 million investment over the next two years to add equipment and renovate the factory.

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