While a factory damaged by a fire and series of explosions faces uncertain staffing levels, city officials and others brace themselves for the possibility that hundreds may lose their jobs.

Eaton Rapids Mayor Paul Malewski said the city intends to make accommodations for those he anticipates will be laid off by Meridian Magnesium Products of America.

The cause of the May 2 fire and series of explosions at Meridian Magnesium remains unknown.  The automotive manufacturing facility is Eaton Rapids largest employer and had over 400 employees before the disaster.

Employees were notified last week of planned layoffs by the company in an hour-long meeting.  Here's the latest from the Lansing State Journal.

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