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Vicksburg sawmill lays off 80

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VICKSBURG, Miss. (KNOE & AP) - About 80 employees at Anderson-Tully Company's sawmill operation at the Port of Vicksburg will be laid off by Jan. 4.

The company says the move has been in the works for two months because of a depressed housing market.

Company president Richard Wilkerson says a second shift is being dropped. The sawmill will operate on single 10-hour shifts at least five days a week in instead of two eight-hour shifts.

The company says workers on the second shift will receive severance pay and benefits based on tenure.

The layoffs pare Anderson-Tully's work force to fewer than 200 workers.

Anderson-Tully moved to Vicksburg in 1889. The company is a supplier of Southern U.S. hardwoods.

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