A total of 703 workers will be affected by a permanent layoff at the Goodman Manufacturing Company’s Fayetteville facility by the end of September, according to a notice the company filed with the state last week.
Goodman filed the official WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Tuesday.
“This is part of the program that was announced several years ago when Goodman started the consolidation process of all the Texas and Tennessee facilities to the Waller, Texas, facility,” wrote Rex Anderson, director of communications for the company, in an email responding to The Times last week.
Company officials had announced in early 2015 that it would shutter the plant here no later than 2017 as its parent company, Daikin, moved toward the consolidation of manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing and sales for Goodman and other product lines to one location at the Daikin Texas Technology Park, which opened in 2017 in the Houston suburb of Waller.
Fortunately for Fayetteville, the transition has taken much longer than expected, but from all indications, the plan remains in place.
Anderson would not confirm current employment numbers at the Fayetteville facility or address any future target dates regarding the transition; however, according to local officials, the workforce here stands at about 1,800. Employees here are represented by a collective bargaining agreement, a contract that was renegotiated in 2017 and extended to Nov. 1, 2020.
Two other WARN notices have been submitted to the state this summer – one filed July 1 only made reference to six affected workers, effective Aug. 30, and the other, filed June 5, referred to nine affected workers, effective Aug. 2.
The Southern Middle Local Workforce Development Board’s area rapid response team, employed by South Central Tennessee Development District, has been notified to coordinate services with the employer and affected employees, according to each of the notifications.