The company announced yesterday that the work force reduction
started in November.
More than 2,000 people work at Koch's headquarters in northeast
Spokeswoman Melissa Cohlmia blamed the cuts on the ``current economic environment'' and decreased demand for Koch's products,
which include petroleum, chemicals and paper products.
Cohlmia said Koch doesn't have a hiring freeze and noted about
three dozen openings are posted on the company's Web site.