BY CONNIE ESH The Wilson Post
Layoffs at Lebanon ‘s TRW plant may be partly counter-balanced by hiring at the new Leviton Plant scheduled to open in just a few months, according to G.C. Hixon, executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County.
Hixon noted that the county does have some other projects in the planning stages, but acknowledged that layoffs estimated at 105 employees from TRW could create some short term problems. But he added that unemployment in Wilson County at 5.8 percent last week is still lower than the state average of 7.2 percent.
TRW has said that it plans to remove its assembly operations from the Hartmann Drive plant by the end of November. And according to a United Auto Workers source, about 50 of the 105 have already received their pink slips.
TRW was one of the county’s top 10 employers until the company started cutbacks in fall 2007.
However, the commercial steering manufacturer has not yet notified the state of the layoffs, which company officials are required to do if they reduce the work force by more than a set percentage, Hixon added.