BENNINGTON - Local and state officials say they have been reassured by Energizer executives that the company's local battery manufacturing plant will not be impacted by a restructuring plan that will cut 10 percent of its work force and close a plant in St. Albans.

The company announced its global restructuring plan late Thursday afternoon, breaking news to the 165 employees in St. Albans shortly before announcing it to investors on a conference call. In total, about 1,500 jobs will be cut worldwide.

Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Miller said both he and Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke with Energizer officials Thursday and pressed for information on the Bennington facility.

"When the governor and I spoke with Energizer late yesterday afternoon I asked specifically about the Bennington plant and they said no action at the Bennington plant. It's business as usual there," Miller said. "This was their global report, so I would not expect that to change."

A full story will appear in Saturday's edition of the Banner.