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Potash to layoff 15% of workforce

May 21, 2012
PCS Phosphate Company, Inc. (PotashCorp - Aurora) announced today that it is reducing staffing levels at its phosphate facility by approximately 150 full-time positions, or about 15 percent of its current workforce.

Following a review of key operating processes, changes were identified to lower operating costs while maintaining the operational capability of the facility. These changes are necessary to maintain the facility's long term competitiveness in a global marketplace.

"This is a difficult day for our employees and our company," said Steve Beckel, General Manager of PotashCorp - Aurora. "As a company, we never take these decisions lightly. However, remaining competitive for the long term is in the best interests of both our community and our company."

The workforce reduction will take place in two phases. Employees will first be offered a voluntary separation package, and if target reductions are not met, involuntary separations will take place. The effective date of the layoffs will be June 30, 2012.

"Many employees are being affected by this decision. We will work to help them make a successful transition," said Beckel. "While it is regrettable that we must take these actions, PotashCorp - Aurora is committed to this community and North Carolina for the long term."

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    May 21, 2012 | 07:51 PM

    Will the Economic Development Commission and the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners be recommending giving PCS $6,000 per job NOT terminated or was that an offer limited to Canadian venture capitalists?

    PCS is a company which has gotten a whole lot right in this county. They have provided hundreds of jobs, contributed heavily to county charities, paid their taxes early to help the county fund a budget shortfall...and as a reward the EDC attempted to hinder PCS's use of their own property in Bath. You cannot make this stuff up.

    Warren Smith
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    May 21, 2012 | 09:14 PM

    With the retirement of Tom Regan from Northbrook we get the Proudfoot bozos. A cost cutting company that promises the sky and the moon and delivers layoffs forced by a new senior management in Chicago. I feel for all those that have been effected by Proudfoot from Aurora Management on down. This is truly a sad day for many and has long lasting negative effects.

    Can't Say
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    May 22, 2012 | 08:46 AM

    Do you suppose this is payback from this Canadian Company for the way their country has been treated over the pipeline that we don't seem to be willing to approve??


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