Chemical company laying off more than 50 employees

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than 50 chemical industry jobs will be leaving the Kanawha Valley by year's end.

According to Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, the Chemours plant in Belle will be laying off more than 50 people.

According to Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, the Chemours plant in Belle will be laying off more than 50 people.

Chemours will be laying off 57 employees by the end of the year. Chemours was formerly known as the DuPont Plant. About 200 employees work there.

Carper said Friday that he is "heartbroken" by the announcement.

"It is devastating to these families, it's another terrible blow for the eastern end of the county," Carper said. "And frankly we hear all too often how things are going to turn around, but the truth of the matter is plants close everyday throughout the United States."

The layoffs are partially due to the Amines line product no longer being made in West Virginia. It is being made in the Gulf Coast instead.

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