CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A state-sponsored employer of blind and low-vision people says it has laid off 13 workers in Cumberland.

The Cumberland Times-News reported in its Friday edition that Blind Industries and Services of Maryland says it expects the reduction to be temporary.

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President Frederick Puente says the layoffs reflect a drop in orders from a government customer that is switching to a new uniform. He says he expects orders and employment to increase after the transition.

The Blind Industries website says its customers include the U.S. Defense Department and Federal Prison Industries.

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Blind Industries currently employs 60 people in Cumberland.

Its website says the Baltimore-based not-for-profit corporation employs 500 workers at eleven facilities in Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Kentucky and North Carolina.

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