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CLARCOR closing will take about 120 jobs

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The Campbellsville plant is expected to close by end of February

By The Staff

 

A Campbellsville manufacturing facility is expected to close its doors in February, according to multiple reports.

CLARCOR, which manufactures air filtration systems, opened in Campbellsville in 2000 in the former Batesville Casket Company location.

Aidan Gormley, director of global communications and branding for Parker-Hannifin (the company that purchased CLARCOR) stated in an email that the manufacturing facility would be closing by the end of Feb. 2018, affecting approximately 120 employees.

Operations from that facility will be moving to an existing facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana, according to Gormley.

The process of closing manufacturing operations in Campbellsville will begin immediately, Gormley said.

According to Gormley, there is “excessive manufacturing capacity and redundant capability across both legacy businesses.”

“This realignment will allow for greater focus and scale in the remaining facilities, and will ensure higher quality and shorter lead times for customers through the deployment of lean manufacturing principles,” a media release announcing the decision said.

Gormley said the decision to close the Campbellsville facility was not an easy one and has nothing to do with the performance of the employees of that facility.

“This plan to close manufacturing in Campbellsville in no way reflects the performance of our dedicated employees there,” Gormley said. “This was not an easy decision to make given the impact it has on our employees, but it was necessary to maintain the competitiveness of our Filtration businesses.”

CLARCOR was purchased by Parker-Hannifin Corporation in February 2017. Parker-Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global company specializing in motion and control technologies. The company is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio.

According to a report from Reuters, Parker-Hannifin purchased CLARCOR for $4.3 billion last December and closed on the deal in February.

Just this week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it reached a settlement with Parker-Hannifan Corporation that requires the company to divest the Facet filtration business it acquired from CLARCOR.

Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan said he has attempted to reach out to CLARCOR’s corporate offices through its public relations department, but has not had any success in setting up a meeting to discuss the decision and what the next steps could be.

A Central Kentucky News-Journal report from January 2012 stated that the company planned to close the Campbellsville facility in March 2012 due to dwindling sales.

Before that, the company laid off 86 employees in July 2009 before making additional layoffs that fall, with 40 more employees losing their jobs.