Kennecott lays off employees after landslide

Kennecott starts laying off unspecified number of employees after copper pit landslide

Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah mining company has started laying off some of its 2,100 workers after a landslide filled the bottom of a large open copper mining pit west of Salt Lake City.

Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. says the company won't divulge how many employees are being laid off until all of those workers are notified.

Company spokesman Kyle Bennett says the layoffs involve salaried positions across different levels of the company.

The company has said layoffs could be followed by other cost reductions in coming months.

New estimates show the April 10 landslide may have been North America's largest human-cause slide.

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