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About 50 Smead employees in Hastings to lose their jobs

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As of March 18, roughly 50 employees at Smead Manufacturing's Hastings location will be out of work. The layoffs are a direct result of high unemployment, which has adversely affected Smead's sales.


"It's no secret that unemployment remains exceedingly high," said Smead's vice president of marketing, Jim Riesterer.

Smead makes products to help people stay organized - items that often find primary use in businesses.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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