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Greenfield firm rehires 80 workers

Associated Press / July 14, 2009
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GREENFIELD - A Greenfield plant has brought back about 80 workers who had been laid off for nearly three months.

Kennametal Inc. spokeswoman Christina Reitano says the employees returned to work yesterday and represent nearly all of those who have been on extended furlough.

The move was welcomed by union officials.

The 137-year-old facility makes taps, which are thread-cutting tools used to make bolts, nuts, and similar components for the aerospace, automotive, and heavy equipment industries.

Originally known as Greenfield Tap and Die, it was once the dominant employer in the western Massachusetts town.

Kennametal, based in Latrobe, Pa., bought the company in 1997.