Rutland manufacturer lays off 21

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Carris Reels, a Rutland company that makes reels and spools for the wire and cable industry, is laying off 21 workers due to sharp decreases in orders.

President Mike Curran says the company, which has been hit hard by downtowns in the housing and automotive markets, had been delaying the cuts in hopes of a turnaround but that it finally had no choice.

He says it’s the most "tenuous" market he’s seen in 30 years.

Carris Reels, which is based in Rutland, employs 450 people in seven locations in the United States and Mexico.

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