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Published: Tuesday, 8/24/2004

Longaberger to idle 784 factory employees

NEWARK, Ohio - Longaberger Co. said yesterday it will lay off 784 manufacturing employees Sept. 9 because of slumping sales. The company had warned in July that up to 970 workers could be laid off if sales did not improve.

The layoffs, combined with the number of workers who have left the company since the July announcement, will reduce Longaberger's total work force by 900 to 4,500, the company said.

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