Excel Industries lays off 70 workers at Hesston facility

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HESSTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Excel Industries announced Thursday the company is laying off 70 workers at the Hesston facility.

The Salina Post, citing a statement from the company, reports production and office positions are part of the reduction in workforce. The company will continue operating both a first and second shift.

The decision is the result of a loss in business from a mass retail partner. The statement said that while the impact the company is significant, its longstanding commitment to smaller, independent dealers remain the bulk of their business.

The company says it will continue its strategy to grow the commercial market and is committed to an ongoing strategy that includes mass retail partners.

Excel will provide access to employment and training services, assistance with health benefits, and transition payments to those affected.