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Smead Manufacturing in Hastings to lay off 50 workers

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Roughly 50 employees at Smead Manufacturing's Hastings location will be out of work by March 18.

The layoffs are a direct result of high unemployment, which has adversely affected Smead's sales.


"It's no secret that unemployment remains exceedingly high," said Smead's vice president of marketing, Jim Riesterer. Smead makes products to help people stay organized - items that often find primary use in businesses.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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