Trane residential manufacturing facility leaving Fort Smith

Trane residential manufacturing facility leaving Fort Smith


PREPORTER: HERE IN FORT SMITH, PTRANE MANUFACTURES RESENTI PHEATING AND COOLING UNITS FOR PYOUR HOME. PTODAY EMPLOYEES LEARNED THEY PWOULD SOON BE OUT OF A JOB. PRIGHT NOW, TRANE EMPLOYS PAPPROXIMATELY 250 PEOPLE. PTHE COMPANY HAS BEEN IN FORT PSMITH MORE THAN 30 YEARS BUT PTODAY THEY ANNOUNCED THEY’RE PLEAVING. PACCORDING TO THEIR WEBSITE THE PINGERSOLL RAND CORPORATION PPURCHASED TRANE IN 2008. PTHE COMPANY RELEASED A STATEMENT PSAYING AFTER REVIEWING BUSINESS POPERATIONS, THE RESIDENTIAL PMANUFCTURING FACILITY WILL BE PTRANSFERRED TO FOUR OTHER STATES PINCLUDING FLORIDA, SOUTH PCAROLINA, GEORGIA AND TEXAS. PTHE STATEMENT SAID RANE IS POPTIMIZING ITS MANUFACTURING PFOOTPRINT WHICH IS REQUIRED TO PREMAIN COMPETITIVE IN TODAYS PENVIRONMENT. PEMPLOYEES WERE GIVEN NOTICE THAT PBY THE START OF THE THIRD PQUARTER, IN JULY, THE GATES TO PTHIS PLANT WILL BE CLOSED PPERMANENTLY. PEMPLOYEES TELL US THEY EXPECT TO PSTART SEEING LAYOFFS IN APRIL. PTHE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION PREPRESENTS THE FACTORY WORKERS. PA UNION SPOKESPERSON SAID THEY PWERE MEETING WITH COMPANY PMANAGERS, BUT THEY WOULD NOT PTELL US ANY MORE INFORMATION PTRANE DOES HAVE ANOTHER PLANT IN PFORT SMITH THAT MANUFACTURES PCOMMERCIAL HEATING AND AIR PUNITS. PA COMPANY SPOKESPERSON SAYS POPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE AT THAT PLOCATION. PAND WE’VE LEARNED THAT OFF DUTY PPOLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN HIRED PTO PROVIDE EXTRA SECURITY FOR PCOMPANY EXECUTIVES HERE AT THIS PPLANT. PLIVE IN FORT SMITH BRETT RAINS

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