2009-11-12 / Local & State

Giant Western Pa. Mushroom Farm Laying Off 260 Workers

WORTHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – An underground mushroom farm in western Pennsylvania plans to lay off 260 workers because of falling demand and increasing competition from other farms.

Creekside Mushrooms Ltd. is based in Worthington, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Company officials have not immediately returned calls Monday. The company, which produces Moonlight brand mushrooms, says on its Web site that it has more than 500 employees.

KDKA-TV says the company sent a letter to its employees announcing the layoff plans.

The company says its underground mushroom farm is the only one of its kind in the country.

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