05 January 2009 23:29 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Dow Chemical will delay calling back contract workers at its Freeport plant in Texas, a company spokeswoman said on Monday.
The company said in late December that it might call back some of the 4,000 contract workers laid off from15 December through 5 January, but spokeswoman Tracie Copeland said Dow is delaying their reinstatement due to weak demand for its products.
Copeland said Dow will keep operating the massive Freeport plant at reduced levels until the end of January, pending further notice.
Dow also has offered 50 voluntary buyouts to its 950 unionised plant operators in Freeport, she said.
That site has roughly 4,500 permanent Dow employees. Dow has about 6,000 employees in Texas at sites in La Porte, Freeport, Texas City, Clear Lake, Seadrift and Houston.
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