Seneca plant to close, leaving 595 without jobs - FOX Carolina 21

Seneca plant to close, leaving 595 without jobs

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SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Nearly 600 people will be without a job as a Seneca manufacturing plant moves its jobs to Costa Rica during the next three years.

According to a statement provided by Oconee County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Richard Blackwell, Covidien announced plans Wednesday to close its facility in Seneca.

In the statement, company officials said 595 full-time and temporary employees will be impacted by the closure. They said employees will be provided with comprehensive severance and outplacement services. They said employees also will be able to apply for other jobs within Covidien.

"The Covidien news today is painful," Blackwell said. "Anytime a citizen of Oconee County loses his or her job, it hurts as it has ripple effects throughout the community."

Covidien said the Seneca plant's closure will not effect its facilities in Greenwood and Camden.

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