NORDYNE Moving Poplar Bluff Plant To Mexico
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - NORDYNE announced Thursday that it will gradually relocate its split system and furnace manufacturing lines to a new manufacturing site in Saltillo, Mexico.
According to the company, the move will affect around 200 employees in the Boonville and around 500 employees at the Poplar Bluff facility. They will continue to manufacture select heating and cooling systems in the company’s Dyersburg, Tenn. plant.
“Moving production was an incredibly difficult decision given the impact to our employees and to the Missouri communities,” says Dave LaGrand, president and CEO of NORDYNE. “But the long-term viability and competitiveness of NORDYNE will be greatly enhanced by this strategic business move.”
NORDYNE says impacted employees will receive severance pay, extended health insurance coverage and outplacement services through local resources.
“We are committed to minimizing the impact on our employees and helping them through this transition,” adds LaGrand.
The Mexico facility is expected to be at full capacity by the end of 2015, with the transition starting early next year.
“NORDYNE strongly feels that this manufacturing move is necessary to remain competitive,” explains LaGrand. “We wouldn’t be doing it otherwise.”
NORDYNE says they opened its Boonville, Mo. plant in 1979, and its Poplar Bluff, Mo. facility in 2001. The Dyersburg, Tenn. plant started operations in 2003.
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