Kennecott announces more layoffs

Tuesday , March 04, 2014 - 11:43 AM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Kennecott Utah Cooper Corp. has laid off 15 employees and abolished other jobs because of a landslide that damaged an ore pit west of Salt Lake City.

Another 25 employees were offered other jobs in the company, and Kennecott says it eliminated 30 vacant positions.

That makes for 70 job reductions, the most recent for a company trying to recover from an April landslide that cut ore production.

The company put out a news release saying it regrets the hardship on workers and their families.

Kennecott said the landslide cut 2013 production targets by 30 percent.

University of Utah scientists have calculated that the landslide was North America's largest non-volcanic event in modern history. They say it carried enough rock, dirt and debris to bury New York's Central Park under 66 feet of rubble.

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