Auto industry woes force Corning layoffs in Va.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) - The automotive industry's struggles are forcing Corning Inc. to lay off 61 hourly workers as well as some salaried employees at its Christiansburg plant.

A company spokeswoman said Thursday the hourly workers and 15 percent of the salaried personnel at the plant will be laid off by March 31st.

Corning officials declined to give the number of plant employees, saying that information is kept confidential for competitive reasons. In 2004, the plant had 300 workers.

The Christiansburg plant makes emission control devices.

The job cuts are part of Corning's previously announced plan to reduce its global work force by 13 percent, or 3,500 jobs.

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