- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Stillwater Mining Co. officials say they are offering buyouts to up to 50 hourly union workers from its mining operations in south-central Montana as part of an effort to cut $4.3 million in costs.

The Billings Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1fxyq8z) CEO Mick McMullen made the announcement during a conference call with investors on Thursday.

The buyouts follow the layoffs of 35 salaried, non-union Stillwater employees last week. Union officials reported the layoffs, but the company would not confirm them until Thursday’s conference call.

The company reported $19.6 million in earnings for the first quarter of 2014, or 15 cents per diluted share, up from $14.6 million a year ago.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, http://www.billingsgazette.com

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