Plant in Harrodsburg to close; about 110 jobs will be lost

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A Mercer County plant has announced it will shutdown.

Modine Manufacturing Company announced Thursday that it plans to transfer production from its 253,452 square foot Harrodsburg plant to other Modine facilities in North America.

The Harrodsburg plant makes radiators, round tube plate fin heat exchangers and HVAC module for commercial vehicles and off-highway markets.

Officials plan to close the plant over a 6 to 9 month period. The move will cost about 110 people their jobs.

Harrodsburg Mayor Lonnie Campbell says he found out Thursday afternoon when the plant manager called city hall. He says the news came as a shock to him.

"We thought in the future they would be adding jobs," Campbell said, "so it came as a surprise today."

The Regional Vice President stated in a company press release that "closing operations is never easy," and cited the economic downturn as a reason for the closure.

Modine is working with the Kentucky Department of Labor and other state and local agencies to offer employment assistance and other services to people who will lose their jobs.

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