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Agrium to lay off 118 workers at Soda Springs mine

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12/15/09

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) _ More than 100 workers are being laid
off at the Agrium phosphate mine in southeast Idaho.

Mine manager Lin Kramer tells the Idaho State Journal that the
Soda Springs mine will shut down on Jan. 1 and stay shut down until
the late first quarter of 2010.

Kramer says that the mine currently has a surplus of ore, and
the idle period will serve as a means to reduce the inventory.

He says 118 employees will be affected.

The mine produces about 550,000 tons of phosphate a year.
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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com


(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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