Soliant lays off some employees

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By Jenny Arnold

Soliant LLC in Lancaster laid off employees about a week ago.

The company, which manufactures paint film used in several different industries, used to employ about 100 people, according to a press release issued last year when the company was acquired by AkzoNobel.

Soliant Human Resources Manager Diane Thompson refused to say how many people have been laid off at the plant. She also would not say how many people work there.

“We have had a reduction in force and it was related to the economy,” Thompson said Thursday.

Soliant produces adhesive paint film used by major automakers such as General Motors, Toyota and Honda. The plant, which includes a research and development lab, makes film for small parts such as the decorative trim on a vehicle to larger ones such as bumpers.

During its 2008-09 fiscal year, the company was completing a much larger investment of $10 million, adding 25,000-square-feet and 30 employees to the plant, said Jeffrey Bailey, vice president of operations at the time.

Based in the Netherlands, AkzoNobel employs 60,000 people in more than 80 countries.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jhartley@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151