Marada to cut 25 jobs cites pressure for price reductions

April 16, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Officials of Marada Industries, a Westminster automotive parts manufacturer, announced yesterday that 25 jobs will be eliminated April 23 because of industry pressure for price reductions.

"We have to be more competitive in the global market," said Marada controller David Bailey. "Companies have to look at providing more capacities to improve their efficiency. It's becoming tough for the automotive industry."

Marada employs "more than 200," according to a spokesman who refused to be more specific.

Mr. Bailey said the reduction does not affect company plans to open a new plant on Route 97 and to hire about 30 employees this summer to stamp, weld or roll out parts.

Although the building is completed, the recent rains have left the ground too soft to install the roads, he said.

hope to begin fulfilling some of the production requirements by mid-July and be in full production by Aug. 1," Mr. Bailey said.

Employees whose jobs are being eliminated have first priority for the new positions, he said. Marada officials also expect to do some hiring, beyond the initial 30 employees, when they begin work on a new contract in the coming year, he said.

"This reduction is a short-term thing, as far as the total number opeople," Mr. Bailey said. "We don't know who we'll be hiring back, so it's a temporary correction."

A team of state employees will be counseling the displaced workers, Mr. Bailey said.

"They will be giving the people and their families the support they need to help them make decisions," he said. "But they will also be emphasizing the opportunities that still exist in our organization."

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