WBEZ | R.S. Owen http://www.wbez.org/tags/rs-owen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Manufacturer of Oscar awards to lay off 95 employees http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/manufacturer-oscar-awards-lay-95-employees-104219 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/beaconradio_oscar.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F70214209?" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago-based company that manufactures Oscar statuettes is laying off nearly one hundred of its employees, according to a report by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.</p><p>The report said R. S. Owens notified 95 workers last month that they cannot return to work on Dec. 17.</p><p>The pink slips arrived just a few days after the company announced it would be purchased by St. Regis Crystal, an awards manufacturing company in Indianapolis.</p><p>The DCEO report does not detail the reasons behind the layoffs but said they are permanent.</p><p>R.S. Owens declined interview requests. A press announcement from the St. Regis acquisition in November said R.S. Owens will continue to manufacture the famed gold-plated statues from its current location in Chicago.</p><p>Owens has also produced awards for the Emmys, American Idol and MTV Video Music Awards.</p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 15:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/manufacturer-oscar-awards-lay-95-employees-104219