Saint-Gobain Plans Layoffs in Niagara Falls.

January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM EDT

(Niagara Falls, NY) The Saint-Gobain Ceramics company in Niagara Falls has filed notice in accordance with the State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act that it plans to layoff 32 employees at its Acheson Drive facility.

The filing with the NY State Department of Labor says the layoffs will take place beginning in early April and continue through June 2011.

Saint-Gobain produces several high-tech and specialty ceramic items in Niagara Falls including ceramic armor plates and parts for solar power supplies.

"We are no longer making some products at our Niagara Falls plant which are part of two product lines," says company spokesperson William Seiberlich.

In December, Saint-Gobain finalized the sale of its advanced ceramics business to Colorado based Coorstek.

Over the next few months, some production equipment from Niagara Falls will be moved to a Coorstek plant in Benton, Arkansas.

However, the company is hoping that sales of other ceramic products made in Niagara Falls will remain strong and help reduce the number of employees scheduled to be laid off.