More layoffs at Bennington County businesses

01/16/09 8:04AM

The Orvis Company is laying off 38 people at its Sunderland headquarters and its Manchester fishing rod manufacturing plant.

And Plasan Carbon Composites of Bennington is planning to lay off 92 employees. Plasan makes automobile parts.

Orvis spokesman James Hathaway says the people laid off Thursday were full-time salaried employees from almost every department and manufacturing employees.

Hathaway says orders for Orvis fishing rods have slowed with the weakening economy.

Hathaway says the layoffs were done as gently as possible. He says they were provided as generous a severance package as the company could afford and outplacement services.

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