Anderson-Tully Company is shutting down a second shift at its Vicksburg sawmill and is laying off 80 employees by Jan. 4.

The company told The Vicksburg Post the move has been in the works for two months because of a depressed housing market.

“This is a core business decision to right-size production to match market demand,” company president Richard Wilkerson said in a statement.

Instead of two eight-hour shifts during the work week, the facility will go to a single 10-hour shift at least five days a week. Workers on the second shift will receive severance pay and benefits based on tenure, the company said.

After the layoffs, Anderson-Tully will have fewer than 200 workers.

From The Clarion Ledger: