EVRAZ NA will reduce its workforce by an additional 65 employees at EVRAZ Oregon Steel as operations are idled in response to weak demand due to the coronavirus. In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification to the state of Oregon, EVRAZ said it “has experienced a significant business downturn” and will permanently reduce the workforce at the Oregon plate mill.
Layoffs commenced June 8 and will be implemented over a two-month period at the Portland plate rolling mill. The facility is the only plate mill in the Western U.S. and adjacent Canadian provinces.
The June announcement follows a similar one that cut 230 employees in April, resulting in the shutdown of the company’s Portland spiral pipe mill. A significant drop in pipe product demand, low oil prices and coronavirus-pandemic-induced economic conditions were cited for the shutdown.
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