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First set of sugar plantation workers to lose jobs in March

This undated photo shows Puunene Mill on Maui. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows Puunene Mill on Maui. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii's last sugar plantation, which will be shutting down operations at the end of the year, has announced its first round of layoffs.

The Maui News reports that Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. officials says 95 workers will those their jobs March 7. The layoffs announced Tuesday were slightly less than anticipated. The plantation's parent company, Alexander & Baldwin, said last month that about 100 to 120 workers would be let go in March.

HC&S General Manager Rick Volner said in an email the affected employees have been notified and will get help as they look for other jobs.

It is unclear when the next set of layoffs will be revealed.

The company has said it would reduce its workforce from 675 to 15 by the end of 2016.

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