Household-product maker Sun Products said it will lay off 53 people next month at its manufacturing plant on Holabird Avenue in Southeast Baltimore.

Spokeswoman Kathryn Corbally said the cuts, planned for May 13, are a result of the Connecticut-based company "realigning the manufacture of products with the customer base." She wouldn't specify which products. The company's brands include laundry detergents such as all and Wisk, fabric softeners and dish detergent.

Gerry Setley, vice president of the International Chemical Workers Union Council, which represents many of the plant's 350 workers, said the company is shifting its laundry detergent production across North America. Sun Products told the union that it needed to do so because detergent sales were about 6 percent lower than anticipated, he said.

"The workers are obviously distressed," Setley said.

Corbally said she doesn't know where the manufacturing work will be moved, but the company's other facilities are in Salt Lake City, Bowling Green, Ky., and Dyersburg, Tenn.

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