Salina Company Laysoff a Block of Employees

SALINA, Kan. (AP) A Salina company says it will lay off 22 employees because of a drop in demand for fluorescent lamps.

Philips Lighting announced Wednesday that the employees who will lose their jobs in November help make fluorescent lamps.

Philips Lighting spokesman Silvie Casanova says Philips will employ just under 400 people in Salina after the layoffs. She says the plant also is not filling open positions.

The Salina Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Pyo4at ) the city and state have given Philips hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand and bring jobs to Salina.

Plant manager Dan Mendicina says the jobs being eliminated were not among those added with the city and state money. And he says jobs added through those programs likely saved the plant from more layoffs.