Most of Hartmanns manufacturing operations over the past seven or eight years had been shifted to China and South America. Most recently the facility in Lebanon housed some of the companys management and was largely a warehouse/logistics base with only a remaining few manufacturing jobs.
At one time Hartmann, which initially did all of its manufacturing in Lebanon, employed more than 350 workers.
Samsonite has not said publicly what plans it might have for the Lebanon plant.
Samsonite is regarded as the worlds largest luggage manufacturer with a distribution network that spans more than 100 countries.
Hartmann, including its headquarters and manufacturing operations, was lured to Lebanon some 53 years ago by then Mayor William D. Baird, who also served as Tennessees lieutenant governor.
The late Mr. Baird is credited with creating the concept of industrial subdivisions throughout Tennessee in which communities through a special industrial bond program could offer attractive financial packages to manufacturing companies looking to relocate and place those companies in a special area designated for industry and manufacturing.
One of the states first industrial subdivisions, now referred in some communities as industrial parks, was the one located in Lebanon.
Shortly after Hartmann was located here, Mr. Baird managed to bring what is now the TRW Automotive manufacturing facility. Later a number of other companies were added to the industrial subdivision on Lebanons west side bordered by Baddour Parkway, Babb Drive and Hartmann Drive.