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225 Upstate workers told Timken plant closure

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THE NORTH STATE FACTORY IS CLOSING THE DOORS. TEMKIN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL GRADUALLY CLOSE ITS FACILITIES IN GAFFNEY. THIS FACTORY GENERATES MORE THAN 200 JOBS. I WILL KYLIE JONES JOIN US NOW LIVE ON THE IMPACT THIS IS GOING TO HAVE. KILEY. YOU KNOW, JANE, SOME BUSINESS LEADERS SAY IT’S A SAD DAY HERE IN GAFFNEY AND THE CHEROKEE COUNTY AS A WHOLE. SOME SAY TIMKEN REALLY PUT CHEROKEE COUNTY ON THE MAP IN THE LAST DECADES. NOW, TIMKEN SAYS 225 PEOPLE WORK AT ITS GAFFNEY FACILITY. THE COMPANY SAYS THAT THE CLOSING WILL COMPLETELY REDUCED OPERATIONS UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. JIM COOK OF THE CHEROKEE COUNTY DEVELOPMENT BOARD SAYS FACTORY NUMBERS HAVE DECLINED IN RECENT YEARS. BUT HE SAYS TIMKEN PLANTED ROOTS IN GAFFNEY ABOUT 50 YEARS AGO, HELPING DIVERSIFY ITS ECONOMY. I HOPE THE FUTURE HOLDS, HE SAYS, THAT THE COUNTY JUST HAD ITS BEST YEAR IN TERMS OF JOB ADVERTISING. NOW WE ARE WORKING ON VARIOUS PROJECTS. SO WITH THE EXPANSION OF 85 AND CHEROKEE COUNTY AND OUR GROWTH IN THE UPstate BUSINESS, WE’RE GOING TO HELP THE TIMKEN PEOPLE, BUT WE’RE GOING TO GET SOMEONE BACK IN THAT BUILDING AND KEEP GOING ON. NOW, TIMKEN HAS RELEASED A STATEMENT REGARDING THE EXPECTED CLOSURE EARLIER TODAY, SAYING IN PART THAT, WHILE DIFFICULT, WE ARE MAKING THIS CHANGE TO OPTIMIZE OUR OPERATIONS AND RESTRUCTURE OUR MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TO BETTER COMPETE IN A GLOBAL MARKET. AND THE COMPANY SAID IT PLANS TO GIVE ITS EMPLOYEES AT LEAST 60 DAYS’ NOTICE BEFORE THE LAST DAY. THE COMPANY SAYS IT IS ALSO WORKING TO HELP AFFECTED EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING HELPING THEM TRY TO TRANSFER PERHAPS TO ANOTHER TIMKEN FACILITY, IF POSSIBLE. I live

More than 200 upstate workers were told Monday that they would soon lose their jobs. , according to Scott Schroeder, the company’s director of media relations. The plant, which manufactures roller bearings, is located on Timken Road off Morgan Drive off the Old Georgia Highway. “Timken has been here for 50 years. So many lives in our county. It’s like losing just one good friend.” Cook says the numbers are decreasing, so the announcement didn’t come as a shock. However, he said the county as a whole had more major business and economic development announcements last year than it has in the last 10 to 15 years. “We had our best year ever with job postings and equity investments,” said Cook. “The numbers haven’t come out yet, but we’ve had a really good year. At the same time, there were a number of sectors that were struggling and we’re just keeping an eye on that. We’re doing the best we can. We’re trying to help people who are being displaced by the closure of the Timken.”Cook says he’s welcomed several other big companies into the county over the years, like DHL, Dollar Tree and Milliken, to bring more companies to the county. in Cherokee County and our growth upstate, business across the state, let’s help the Timken people, but let’s get someone back in that building,” Cook said. More headlines: 2 young children die after being pulled from house fire, officials say University of Georgia football player, team member killed in car crash hours after championship celebrationMan and 7-year-old grandson meet University of Georgia football player Georgia hours before he died in an accident, the University of Alabama basketball player is among 2 accused of murder. “While difficult, we are making this shift to streamline our operations and restructure our manufacturing footprint to better compete in a global marketplace,” said Schroeder. He said the company is helping affected employees by providing support, benefit planning and retention, and severance payments. He said he is also giving them the opportunity to apply for jobs at other Timken locations. “We wanted to be transparent and provide as much time as possible for associates to plan for their future,” Schroeder said. “We are committed to providing at least 60 days’ notice prior to a member’s last day,” he said.

More than 200 workers in the north of the state were informed on Monday that they will soon be out of work.

The Timken Company has notified about 225 people who work at its bearing plant in Gaffney that the plant will close and gradually reduce operations through the end of the year, according to Scott Schroeder, director of media relations for the company.

The plant, which manufactures roller bearings, is located on Timken Road off Morgan Drive off the Old Georgia Highway.

“It’s just a sad day in Gaffney and Cherokee County,” said Cherokee County Development Board Executive Director Jim Cook. “Timken has been here for 50 years. So many lives in our county. It’s like losing just one good friend.”

Cook says the numbers were dwindling, so the announcement didn’t come as a shock. However, he said the county as a whole had more major business and economic development announcements last year than it had in the last 10 to 15 years.

“We had our best year ever with job postings and capital investment,” Cook said. “The numbers have not yet been released, but we had a very good year. At the same time, there were several industries that were struggling, and we’re just looking at that. We’re doing the best we can. We are trying to help the people who are being displaced by the closure of Timken.”

Cook says he’s hosted several other big companies in the county over the years, like DHL, Dollar Tree and Milliken.

He says they are working to bring more businesses into the county.

“Right now we’re working on multiple projects, so with the 85 expansion in Cherokee County and our growth in the Upstate, businesses throughout the Upstate, we’re going to help the Timken people, but we’re going to bring someone back into that building,” Cook said.

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“Although difficult, we are making this shift to streamline our operations and restructure our manufacturing footprint to better compete in a global marketplace,” said Schroeder.

He said the company is helping affected employees by providing support, benefit planning and retention, and severance payments. He said he’s also giving them the opportunity to apply for jobs at other Timken locations.

“We wanted to be transparent and allow as much time as possible for associates to plan for their future,” said Schroeder. “We are committed to providing at least 60 days’ notice prior to a member’s last day,” he said.

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