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Latch, St. John, Heilman, Rossey and Others Released from PGW
March 31, 2009

Pittsburgh Glass Works has undergone another round of layoffs. At press time, official numbers of how many were let go had not been released, but among those let go were the following:

  • Jim Latch, senior vice president of commercial business;
  • Lee St. John, vice president of distribution and customer service;
  • Bob Rossey, manager of sundry products; and
  • Dick Heilman, vice president of marketing and research and development.

Most of the layoffs are effective tomorrow, April 1.

"Due to the prolonged and continuing slump in the automotive industry, PGW is taking steps to restructure its overhead to be more aligned with expected business levels," Heilman told glassBYTEs.com™/AGRR magazine.

Though others likely were let go from the company's distribution arm, according to a source familiar with the company who declined to be named, glassBYTEs.com™ was unable to confirm further names at press time.

At press time, neither chief executive officer Jim Wiggins nor chief operating officer Joseph Stas were available for comment.

The company previously had laid off 150 employees throughout the company in December 2008. (CLICK HERE for related story.) At that time, it also announced it would close its fabrication plant in Oshawa, Ontario, in the first quarter of 2009, and its satellite assembly plants in Newark, Del., and Cambridge, Ontario, later in 2009. In January, the company announced it would be closing its manufacturing facility in Evart, Mich.

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