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Last updated 8:56PM ET
July 15, 2018
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Longaberger lays off 710 workers
(WOUB) - The Longaberger Company says it is laying off 710 workers in its basket-making and other manufacturing operations.

The nation's largest maker of handmade baskets says it must cut costs in the face of weaker-than-expected growth.

Longaberger says 471 of the affected employees will return to work in mid-June in anticipation of the company's national sales meetings the following month. Sales tend to rise then in the yearly ramp-up to holiday season.

Whether the remaining workers are able to come back will depend on business conditions in the second half of the year.

The cuts will bring the staff to about 2,500 workers. That's down from 8,300 seven years ago.

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