A seasonal slump in the sale of artificial Christmas trees has prompted Hudson Valley Tree to lay off 200 workers at its Evansville, Ind. plant, company officials said.
Peak employment at the plant hits about 500 during the late summer months and drops during the fall. The company ended third-shift production about a month ago. The latest layoff eliminates second shift.
Layoffs at the plant, which opened in 1988, have occurred late in each of the last three years because Christmas tree orders from retailers dwindle as Christmas nears.