April 20, 2009
AUGUSTA---DSM Chemicals North America Inc. has announced it will idle some of its plants and reduce staffing at its Augusta location by approximately 80 people. This reduction is in addition to other actions taken to reduce costs.
The reduction will be effective June 30, 2009. In a statement released by DSM, they say the changes are necessary due to the severe business downturn in automotive, housing and export markets. They will be offering voluntary severance packages, but if necessary there will also be involuntary layoffs. These reductions will affect nearly all of their departments.
One-on-one counseling and placement services will be provided by DSM, the Georgia Department of Labor and a consultant. This will also be the time to ask questions about any benefits.
Lisa Kirby, Vice President of Administration stated, "The decisions concerning staff redeployment and potential reductions at DSM Chemicals North America will be difficult but necessary as we align the Company's cost structure with current demand. We remain committed to our employees, our customers, our suppliers and the Augusta community, and greatly appreciate the significant contributions of the employees who will be affected by this decision."