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Cabinet maker to lay off dozens at Kinston plant

Posted October 3, 2011

Unemployment

— MasterBrand Cabinets will lay off more than 150 workers at its Kinston plant as the Indiana-based manufacturer shifts to a new product line.

The Free Press of Kinston reports that the layoffs are scheduled to begin this week.

The company is shifting the production of its Aristokraft cabinets from Kinston to its facility in Ferdinand, Ind.

MasterBrand will start producing its new line of Kitchen Classic cupboards at the Kinston plant, which requires less labor to manufacture.

Executive vice president Rob Mullally says the switch makes better use of the facilities.

Last year, MasterBrand announced an expansion in Kinston, saying it would add more than 300 jobs at the plant by 2013.

The layoffs bring the number of workers at the plant to around 370. At the height of the housing boom, it had about 900 employees.

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  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 3, 2011

    "Guess that $1.4trillion from obama didn't help them either eehhh? sheeple"

    Obama gave $1.4 trillion to this company?

    You know the jobs bill hasn't passed yet.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 3, 2011

    Lord, I feel so sorry for those getting laid off because the job market around the world stinks.

    Praying for these folks.

  • gunny462 Oct 3, 2011

    "Ahh, the Republican jobs program in full swing. bigal02282"

    LOL Guess that $1.4trillion from obama didn't help them either eehhh? sheeple

    Prayers to those losing their jobs.

  • kdnole Oct 3, 2011

    One of my mills customers - got to love our elected officials for really helping out working class.

  • 007KnightRider Oct 3, 2011

    So sad! My thoughts and prayers are with those who are losing their jobs.

  • YNCSW51 Oct 3, 2011

    My prayers are with the individuals that will be laid off from this company.

  • Screw WrAl Oct 3, 2011

    And the job losses continue under Veto Bev's watch. No surprise.

  • emerald7575 Oct 3, 2011

    Go Figure! east of I95

  • dae66 Oct 3, 2011

    Our country is in sad shape right now and it's getting worse. My prayers are with those out of work.

  • sunshine1040 Oct 3, 2011

    I guess Bev did not offer then enough tax credits so they could stay in NC maybe if she stayed home and and picked up the phone she might find out why businesses are leaving NC or going out of business. but then a phone call does not cost thousands of $$$$$

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