MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds of men and women are losing their work opportunities after a devastating announcement from a Memphis manufacturing plant.

The Cummins ReCon plant on Pershing, just north of Summertime Avenue, is closing by the finish of September, putting roughly 300 people today out of perform. 

Unfortunately, considerably less people are buying the refurbished auto motor components the facility generates. In a statement, the business mentioned, “The vital driver for the determination is that turbochargers are long lasting more time, therefore reducing the desire for remanufactured turbochargers.”

Mayor Jim Strickland says this is the sort of information he hardly ever wishes to hear.

“I talked to the firm currently, their associates,” Strickland explained, “[I] asked them if there was any way we could get them to transform their brain, and they said, regretably, not.”

Strickland states he feels negative for workers losing their work opportunities in the middle of a pandemic.

“They have been actually very good spending work, light manufacturing, Starting up salaries at $19 or far more an hour,” Strickland explained. “It’s a single of those people points that happened in the economy. I just wish it did not occur ideal now in our town, due to the fact we have experienced so a great deal terrible economic news in the previous 10 months anyway.”

Cummins is consolidating its procedure on Pershing with its place in South Carolina. The firm states workers in this article can use for other positions, together with opportunity openings at two distribution facilities in Memphis. 

Strickland states Cummins will however possess the setting up on Pershing. He hopes the company can do a thing effective with it.