As Goodman Manufacturing’s operations in Fayetteville continue to wind down, two more WARN (Working Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notices have been filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The most recent notices pertain to 55 workers whose jobs will come to an end Dec. 20 and two workers whose jobs will end Dec. 31.
Those are in addition to 703 workers who were permanently laid off in September and another 529 employees whose jobs will come to an end next Wednesday, on Nov. 27. All total, seven WARN notices have been filed with the state of Tennessee since 2018, bringing the total number of impacted workers to 1,385. Sources have estimated that approximately half of those are residents of Lincoln County.
It’s been four years since company officials announced in January of 2015 that the plant would be shuttered no later than 2017 as its parent company, Daikin, moved toward consolidation of manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing and sales for Goodman and other products lines to one location at the Daikin Texas Technology Park just outside of Houston. The park, a $417 million campus, opened in 2017 in Waller, Texas.
Employees at the plant here are represented by a collective bargaining agreement, a contract that was renegotiated in 2017 and extended to Nov. 1, 2020.
The Southern Middle Local Workforce Development Area rapid response team, employed by South Central Tennessee Development District, has been notified to coordinate services with the employer and affected employees.