Worthington Industries Inc., a US metal processing company, announced Thursday it will reduce its work force by nearly 300 jobs as it struggles with declines in the automotive and construction industries.
The company said it will cut employment representing less than 4 percent of Worthington's 8,000 workers, through layoffs and plant closings in Louisville, Ky., and Renton, Wash., and elsewhere.
The Renton metal framing plant employs 22 and will be closed by Dec. 31 after eight years in operation.
The Louisville plant is expected to close by May 31, 2009. It employs 50 workers and serves a Southern market that included large appliance manufacturers and roll-forming companies.
The steel processing business segment also is reducing its work force by 60 seasonal and temporary workers.