HARRODSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Harrodsburg Mayor Eddie Long confirms Hitachi is laying off employees working at the city's plant.
Photo: Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Long says he was aware of the layoffs, as the company asked the city for a police presence as a precaution. Police say they sent extra patrols throughout the day on Monday, but there were not any problems.
It is unknown at this time how many employees are being laid off at the plant. Long believes it is a significant amount of workers.
Hitachi has expanded several times in Kentucky just in the past decade, adding jobs and investing millions in its Harrodsburg and Berea locations. The Kentucky Automotive Industry Association said in 2017 Hitachi employed approximately 2,800 in the state.
It is unclear if other locations are also impacted by the layoffs. WKYT has reached out to Hitachi for more details but has not yet heard back.
Hitachi is a major employer in Harrodsburg and Mercer County. Downsizing was the talk of the town on Monday. Most people with whom WKYT spoke knew at least someone who works there. They said that the job cuts are devastating for the affected employees and their families, but that it is also bad for the community as a whole.
"I feel so sorry for those who have been laid off or let go. I'm thinking, 'What are they going to do?' and well, how would I feel if that had happened to me?" said Judy Agee. "Maybe we can find some more industry to come into the community. We need to anyway."