Corning said it would reduce its global workforce by 3,500 employees. Sources told WWAY, some of those layoffs happened here in Wilmington on Wednesday. The line at the Employment Securities Commission Office hasn't gotten any shorter the past four months. With new layoffs at Corning, it may get longer. "We have a good working relationship with them and they actually do good by their employees because they just don't say ok we are going to lay you off, you're gone,” said Walker Biggs the NHC employment security commission manager. “They've had us go in on what to expect with unemployment insurance and they had other providers go in to let them know what is available to them." In December, the first round of layoffs were geared toward offering early retirement packages, as well as cutting hourly paid staff. This week’s round of layoffs focused on salaries workers. It is part of the global reduction of 3,500 workers. Corning would not comment on just how many people that will impact at their local fiber optical plant. According to the Wilmington Industrial Development website, Corning employs 950 people locally. Former employees reported more than 100 hourly employees and around 20 salaried employees were laid off. A spokesperson told WWAY the recession is impacting all of Corning's locations, and added during these difficult times, Corning is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect.
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