The lagging economy forced Craft World International Inc. to lay off33 workers last week, the personnel director said.

The company, which distributes craft and needle-art items, had employed 220 people,said Nancy K. Spindler.

Most of the laid off were management workers, but some were from the rank and file, she said. The layoffs were effective last Friday.

"Because of recessionary conditions throughout the country, which have affected our company's business, in order to down-size our company, we were unfortunately faced with the necessity of an immediate reduction in force," she said in a statement.

The company's administrative offices and distribution center are at 1301 Avondale Road.

Craft World moved to Carroll County in the late 1970s from Timonium, Baltimore County, Spindler said.

The company does not anticipate more layoffs in the near future, she said.

No employees at a Craft World distribution center in Ellsworth, Kan., were laid off, she said. About 50 people work at that center, she said.

In New Windsor, the company sells parts used to make crafts, such as straw, wire, ribbon, flowers, fabric, floss and patterns, Spindler said.

The company does not sell finished products, she said.

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