GREENWOOD, Mississippi — Viking Range Corp. has had another round of layoffs, including some in management, in a move that took Greenwood officials and residents by surprise.
The upscale kitchen appliance manufacturer is a prominent business in Greenwood, and any staff reductions there are alarming to area officials.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1bOjPid) that estimates for the latest layoffs ranged from 25 to 75. Attempts to reach representatives of The Middleby Corp., a Chicago-based company which bought Viking at the end of last year, were unsuccessful.
The layoffs come less than a year after Viking cut 20 percent of its then 1,000-employee work force.
At the time, company officials said there would be no further reductions.