Ceradyne Inc. has announced plans to lay off 112 workers at its advanced ceramic operations plant in Lexington. Ceradyne officials attributed the layoffs to an unexpected delay in military orders for the company’s ceramic body armor. The company is also laying off around 120 workers at its plant in Costa Mesa, Calif. Ceradyne CEO Joel P. Moskowitz said that of those being laid off, more than 50 percent are temporary workers, with the balance being “mostly hourly workers hired in the past 12 months.” The layoff leaves approximately 130 workers remaining at the Lexington armor plant. Ceradyne also operates Semicon Associates in Lexington, which has approximately 140 employees.
Following a comprehensive review of its homebuilding operations, Beazer Homes has announced that it is exiting the Lexington market. The company is also discontinuing operations in Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati/Dayton and Columbus, Ohio; and Columbia, S.C. Beazer plans to complete all homes currently under construction and will provide ongoing warranty service to homeowners through the warranty periods. The company is presently evaluating its land holdings and inventory in each market to determine the appropriate timing for withdrawal.