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Motion, control tech manufacturing plant to close, lay off 220 in Washington

Layoffs

Jul, 21 2017, 6:37 AM

A Cleveland-based company that builds motion and control technologies plans to close its plant in Washington, North Carolina, and lay off 220 workers, according to a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

Parker Hannifin Corp. filed the WARN Act notice earlier this week. The filing states that the layoffs would begin on Sept. 7 and would be completed by Dec. 31.

The employees being affected are not part of a union. According to the filing, more than 130 of the employees losing jobs are assemblers. The plant is in the eastern part of North Carolina.

The 175,000-square-foot plant makes fuel products for transportation and off-highway markets. The company is expected to transfer production to other plans in South Dakota and Mississippi.

Parker Hannifin took over the plant in February after acquiring CLARCOR Engine Mobile Solutions in a $4.3 billion deal.

The company has about 58,000 employees around the world and annual revenues of more than $13 billion. Its stock closed Thursday at $165.96, down 80 cents.

The notice was filed pursuant to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which must be filed 60 days in advance of a plant closing that affects more than 50 employees in a 30-day period or a mass layoff of at least 500 employees or between 50 to 499 employees if they make up at least one-third of the employer’s workforce.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism





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