First Quality temporarily lays off workers at its Macon, Georgia, diaper plant; city official says cutbacks due to seasonal workload capacity, startup of new facility and closing of the other

NEW YORK , October 25, 2011 () – Some workers at Macon's First Quality diaper plant have been laid off, but officials say it's apparently a temporary situation.

The Telegraph reports that Chip Cherry, president and CEO of the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce and the Macon Economic Development Commission, said Tuesday the job losses don't appear to be permanent.

In August 2010, First Quality announced a $200 million expansion at its Macon plant that would create 150 new jobs and save the more than 200 jobs already there. The company had considered building in another state.

Company officials did not return a call to the Telegraph. Cherry says the cutbacks involve a seasonal variation in workload and the startup of one facility and closing of the other.

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