Chemours chemicals business cutting 5% of global jobs

DuPont spinoff to stop production in Niagara Falls, NY by the end of 2016

DOVER, Del. — The Chemours Co., a chemicals business spun off from the Dupont Co. earlier this year, says it is laying off about 5% of its global workforce.

The Wilmington-based company also said the workforce reduction will affect about 400 employee and contractor positions, including roughly 50 in the Wilmington area.

Chemours also will stop production at its Reactive Metals Solutions site in Niagara Falls, NY, by the end of 2016. About 200 employees and contractors at the Niagara Falls plant will be affected.

Chemours, which has posted two consecutive quarterly losses totalling $47 million since the spinoff, says the cuts are part of ongoing streamlining and cost-reduction efforts. The company estimates that the job cuts, expected to be completed during 2016, will save about $50 million annually.

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