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FISHER-PRICE CUTTING SOME JOBS

An undetermined number of workers in Fisher-Price's engineering department will lose their jobs in mid-January.

Carol M. Blackley, a company spokeswoman, confirmed Monday that the East Aurora-based toy manufacturer informed the affected white-collar workers several weeks ago that the engineering department would be pared down.

"We told them weeks ago, so they could prepare resumes and begin looking for new jobs," she said. "Now that we are concentrating on basic infant and pre-school toys again, we don't need the engineering staff we needed when we were doing promotional toys."

In the mid-1980s, Fisher-Price launched a line of faddish, high-tech toys that failed to catch on with consumers. The company since has dropped these toys and returned to its core business.

"There are no massive headquarters layoffs that I'm aware of," Ms. Blackley said. She also said she didn't know exactly how many people work in Fisher-Price's engineering department or when the unit will be downsized.

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