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Metal Distributor to Cut 600 Jobs

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Metal distributor Ryerson Inc. will begin layoffs of more than 600 Chicago employees.

Chicago based Ryerson processes and distributes metals—like stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper. It’s announced plans to restructure its organization—and change its distribution system. Part of that restructuring includes a loss of more than half of the company’s 1,100 Chicago employees. Patti Buckland is the company’s vice president of marketing. She says they haven’t determined exactly which jobs will be cut.

BUCKLAND: It’s actually a mix of positions. It’ll be both industrial manufacturing as well as manufacturing jobs. At this point we’re still going through the process of figuring out what exactly that mix is going to be.

The jobs will be phased out over the course of 2008, some employees will have a chance to relocate. The company does plan to keep its headquarters in the city.

I’m Adriene Hill, Chicago Public Radio.

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