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Walker Machinery announces layoffs

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVVA) A major Caterpillar dealer in West Virginia and southeastern Ohio announce layoffs of 15 percent of its workforce.

In a news release issued by Walker Machinery, the company cites "slow economic conditions, deterioration in market conditions, and no signs of future improvement for some time in West Virginia and the coal industry" as reasons for the layoffs. A total of 77 employees are affected. Prior to the announcement, Walker Machinery offered employees jobs in other areas of its territory. 

Walker Machinery has nine facilities in the two states, including one in Beckley WV. The company was founded in 1950. Besides being a CAT dealer,"it is also the local dealer for Sullair, Rhodes, Genie, Wacker, Allmand, and other construction, industrial, mining, paving, and forestry equipment."

Locations in West Virginia

  • Beckley
  • Beckley Hydraulic
  • Belle
  • Diamond
  • Logan
  • Summersville

Locations in Ohio

  • Jackson, OH

Read full news release below: 

Due to slow economic conditions, deterioration in market conditions, and no signs of future improvement for some time in West Virginia and the coal industry, Walker Machinery has had to make the difficult decision to right size its branches affected by these conditions which includes a layoff of around 77 employees. 

The company’s priorities during this time are respect for employees and their families and serving our customers. Prior to this announcement, in an effort to right size the organization employees company-wide were offered opportunities for other positions in other areas of the company’s territory with opportunities for relocation packages. 

Walker Machinery Company was founded in West Virginia in 1950. The company has approximately 500 employees with facilities in nine cities across West Virginia and South Eastern Ohio.  In addition to CAT equipment sales, parts, service, and rentals, Walker Machinery Company is also the local dealer for Sullair, Rhodes, Genie, Wacker, Allmand, and other construction, industrial, mining, paving, and forestry equipment.

Walker Machinery always strives to be the customer-preferred supplier of quality products and superior value-added support services in all markets we serve. Our business conduct will reflect the highest ethical standards while enhancing the professional, economic, and personal growth of our employees, stockholders, suppliers, and community.

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