81 Goodman workers

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The jobs of 81 Goodman workers are being impacted as the result of the company's relocation of a product line from its Fayetteville plant to its facility in Waller, Texas.

Those employees are, however, being offered the opportunity to stay on and work on another line still in production at the Fayetteville plant, said Rex Anderson, director of communications for Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P., a part of the Daikin group.

Goodman had filed an official WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development on Oct. 19, indicating that 81 workers would be permanently laid off here as of Dec. 21 due to the line transfer.

But Wednesday, Anderson clarified the situation, saying those workers do have the option of staying on in other positions -- "It could be that none of those 81 are out of work there," he said.

The Local Workforce Development Area Southern Middle rapid response team, employed by South Central Tennessee Development District, will coordinate services with the employer and affected employees as needed.

The transition of lines from the Fayetteville plant to Waller has been an ongoing process. Anderson would not respond to other questions posed by The Times concerning the timeline of the company’s future operations here and current workforce numbers at the local plant.

The company had announced in early 2015 that it would shutter the plant no later than 2017, but thanks to an investment of nearly $1 million by Daikin in a new product line here early last year, operations have continued. Still, community officials have indicated that they’ve been told to anticipate closure of the Fayetteville plant in the first quarter of 2019.