Local West Tennessee Whirlpool/Maytag plant to close, over 500 jobs lost there; more job loss expected as many local suppliers to the plant will also be closing.

The following was originally published here:
October 28th, 2008

Jackson, Tennessee Unemployment Will Rise With Whirlpool Plant Closing

Linda Young – AHN Editor

Jackson, TN (AHN) – Whirlpool’s decision to close its Jackson dishwashing products manufacturing plant and lay off more than 500 employees there is being called the beginning of the recession for west Tennessee by locals.

Whirlpool blamed the global recession, decreased demand, increased costs and falling profits for closing the plant. The 511 workers are among 3,000 American workers who are losing their jobs, along with another 1,900 international workers, mostly in Europe, being laid off by the company.

But the impact of the job losses in Jackson will be huge.

Whirlpool is Madison County’s eighth largest employer and many businesses in the area are suppliers to the plant, so the impact is expected to go beyond the loss of 511 jobs.

The affected employees will be laid off by the end of September 2009 and plant operations will be shifted to the Whirlpool facility in Ohio. It isn’t a good time to lose a job in the area.

Jackson’s unadjusted September unemployment rate was 8.8 percent, up 3 percent from a year ago, and above the national rate of 6.1 percent. There are 2,690 people unemployed in Madison County.

The Whirlpool plant manufactures Maytag, Amana, Magic Chef and Jenn-Air brand dishwashers.

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