Ireland-based Eaton will lay off the remaining 37 workers at its north Charlotte clutch-assembly facility at the end of November.
Eaton announced the closure internally last year, and the company originally planned to keep 27 of the affected 84 workers on at the 5808 Long Creek Park Drive facility through the end of 2015 to wrap up operations. Spokesman Jim Michels said the facility ended up keeping 37 workers to assemble electronic control actuators, which go into commercial vehicle transmissions.
Eaton filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the N.C. Commerce Department this week indicating the effective date for the layoffs is Nov. 25, the day the facility will close. Companies must file the notices when they make mass layoffs and close plants.
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“We recognize this is a difficult decision and it impacts people, their families and the community. It is not in any way reflective of the hard work of the people at that Charlotte facility,” Michels told the Observer.
Affected workers can pursue other opportunities within the company, Michels said. If they can’t find another position or if they choose not to take one, they receive severance packages that are commensurate with their skill level and years with the company, he added.
Eaton’s Charlotte facility slated for closure was opened in 2007. The facility is used to assemble clutches for a variety of commercial vehicles, from tow trucks to school buses to 18-wheelers. The company is shifting operations at the local clutch facility to ones in Auburn, Ind., and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
The closure will not affect Eaton’s electrical facility at 5910 Long Creek Park Drive, the only other operation the company has in Charlotte, Michels said. That facility employs almost 80 people and serves as the U.S. distribution center for Eaton’s Cooper Wiring Devices businesses.
Eaton, a Dublin-based power-management company, manufactures equipment used by the aerospace, automotive and other industries. The company employs about 4,000 people in North Carolina, including at facilities in Kings Mountain and Roxboro.