Kansas Rubbermaid plant announces 75 job cuts

WINFIELD, Kan. | Newell Rubbermaid Inc. plans to cut 75 jobs from its manufacturing facility in the south-central Kansas town of Winfield as it copes with the global economic downturn.

Employees learned of the layoffs Monday, and the Atlanta-based company announced them publicly Tuesday.

About 500 people will continue to work at the plant after the layoffs, making coolers, outdoor storage sheds and plastic storage shelving.

Rubbermaid blamed the layoffs on a decline in consumer spending combined with the seasonality of many of the products produced at the plant.

In December, the company slashed its fourth-quarter and full-year profit guidance, citing the economic downturn. The company also said it would reduce its salaried work force by 8 percent to 10 percent and institute a wage and salary freeze