Viking lays off 18 employees in Greenwood

GREENWOOD — A Viking Range Corp. executive confirms that the upscale appliance manufacturer has laid off 18 more workers in Greenwood.

The Greenwood Commonwealth says Bill Crump, Viking’s director of government affairs and executive assistant to the president, confirmed the layoffs Thursday in a one-sentence e-mail.

He said most of the workers were temporary and the layoffs were due to the seasonal nature of some of the company’s product lines.

A week earlier, the company said a shortage of orders had forced 20 layoffs.

Viking has slashed about 350 jobs — almost a quarter of its workforce — since April 2008.

The Associated Press