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Perfect Fit Glove Co. lays off 36 workers

Perfect Fit Glove Co. has laid off 36 workers at its Cheektowaga plant in a reorganization to trim slow-selling products, the company said in a statement.

The maker of safety gloves is streamlining products and boosting production efficiency at its Innsbruck Drive plant, the statement said. The announcement quoted Steve Spotts, vice president and general manager.

The company had about 160 jobs when it was sold in 1999 to Bacou-Dalloz Group, a French maker of industrial safety gear. The Cheektowaga business and a related plant in Wilkesboro, N.C., were sold for $53.8 million.

Perfect Fit safety gloves are used by manufacturers, poultry and meat processors and other industries. Some of the gloves incorporate Kevlar and stainless steel mesh in their designs to prevent cuts or other injuries.

Bacou-Dalloz has about 6,000 workers globally. While overall sales rose 7.4 percent last year, sales of its safety gear in North America were flat, and glove sales in the U.S. declined, the company said.

Bacou had sales of $950 million in fiscal 2006, up from $886 million in 2005.

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