© 2021 West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Telling West Virginia's Story
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WVPB News

Walker Machinery Company to Layoff 77 Employees

Walker Machinery
WCHS-TV
/

Walker Machinery Company has announced that 77 of its employees will be laid off.

Local news agencies report that the company, which employs about 500 people, says slow economic conditions and a slumping coal industry are forcing the layoffs.

Walker Machinery Company deals Caterpillar equipment and has eight facilities throughout West Virigni, including locations in Belle and Nitro.

Prior to the decision, the company offered employees jobs in other areas of the company's territory, including relocation packages.

Belle Mayor Glen Chestnut says the layoffs could be devastating to the town's economy.


WVPB is local news, education, music, and entertainment for West Virginia.
Your donation today will help keep us strong and vital.