Rohm & Haas Co., the specialty chemical firm with headquarters in Philadelphia, announced yesterday that it was cutting about 200 jobs, mostly in the United States.
The cuts represent a fraction of the firm's nearly 16,000-member workforce. The firm has made similar-size prunings every year since 2004, spokesman Brian McPeak said.
This year, the job losses, which will lower third-quarter earnings 7 cents a share, are concentrated in four areas. The company is exiting its Bristol-based digital-imaging business, where it makes toner for laser-jet printers, because other firms are dominant, McPeak said.