11 more jobs to be eliminated at Goodman in March

Eleven more employees will see their jobs at Goodman Manufacturing here eliminated in March, bringing the total number of workers permanently laid off from the local plant to 1,492.

The company filed its most recent WARN (Working Adjustment and Retraining Notification) notice on Jan. 9 with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The 11 affected workers will have their jobs come to an end of March 8.

Thus far, 10 WARN notices have been filed with the State of Tennessee since 2018, as the company has continued to work toward closure of its Fayetteville plant. Well under 100 employees remain at the facility, according to sources.

Among the 1,492 impacted worker are 51 whose jobs will come to an end Feb. 28,

It’s been five years now since company officials announced in January of 2015 that the plant would be shuttered. At the time, Goodman’s parent company, Daikin, indicated that closure would occur no later than 2017. Even though operations continued well past that date, the impending closure is drawing near, as lines and equipment have been moved from the manufacturing facility to 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. The Southern Middle Local Workforce Development Board is responsible for oversight of the continued follow up of services associated with the upcoming layoff. Persons needing additional information or having questions can contact the Dislocated Worker Unit at 615-253-6355.

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