Viking lays off 87 more employees

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – Viking Range Corp. has laid off 87 more employees, bringing the total since April to 213.

Wednesday’s layoffs were the fourth round for the maker of upscale kitchen appliances since last April. The company let 57 workers go last month.

The latest round of layoffs shaved about 6% of the company’s workforce. The company now has about 1,150 workers in Mississippi, mostly in Leflore County.

Officials blame the layoffs on decreasing demand during the slow economy. Viking is Greenwood’s largest employer.

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