Caterpillar officials say the Fountain Inn facility will close this year. (April 29, 2014/FOX Carolina)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Caterpillar has announced it is closing its Fountain Inn facility, leaving 510 workers without a job.
A spokesperson for the company said they will ramp down production in the second quarter and cease operations by the end of 2014, leaving 380 full-time employees and 130 temporary workers without work.
The manufacturing company said the decision was made after reviewing their business' footprint in order to improve efficiency.
They will move their Fountain Inn operations to existing facilities, transitioning marine operations to Griffin, GA, and the mid-range engine assembly line to Seguin, TX.
"We recognize that this decision will be difficult for our employees," said Tana Utley, vice president with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division at Caterpillar, in a media release. "We value and appreciate the work that our Fountain Inn employees have contributed and their dedication to producing quality products. However, after considering our options, we have concluded we must move forward with this decision for better asset utilization. Our goal is to improve efficiency across our engine manufacturing footprint, while providing the highest quality products for our customers. We are committed to the industries served by products from Fountain Inn, including Marine and Industrial, and we will maintain and grow that commitment under this improved manufacturing strategy."
The company said the full-time employees will receive severance packages and outplacement services from appropriate agencies for support during the process.
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