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Amana job cuts hurt workers and community

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Middle Amana (KWWL) -- A sign of the economic times -- as Whirlpool will lay off more than 20% of the workforce at its Amana plant.

Whirlpool told workers Thursday it will lay off 440 of it's 2,000+ Amana workers effective in 11 days, though some will be let go Monday. 110 of the layoffs will be voluntary, meaning those workers could come back after 30 days.

Workers at the Amana plant told us the layoffs will hurt the company, but they don't think it'll be the last round of job cuts.

People in the Amanas say this is devastating news.

"If this lasts very long, it's going to be devastating," said T.J. Schneekloth. He was shocked when we told him about the 440 workers who will be laid off from this whirlpool factory. Many of them are his friends.

"The people I know, it's going to hurt them a lot," said Schneekloth.

Whirlpool's communications department says poor market conditions are to blame. Mike Heinze was not surprised.

"The way things have been going with the stock market, it's kind of a way of life," said Heinze, who lives in Middle Amana.

He says many residents of Middle Amana have gone out of town to find job stability.

"When I was a young child, you could go almost to every block and find someone that had worked or works there now," said Heinze.

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