Techtronic to Refocus Pickens Operations
Oct 31, 2008
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Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. will add 152 jobs at its Pickens, SC, U.S. plant as it begins to assemble outdoor equipment there again, according to greenvilleonline.com

The plant used to make outdoor equipment and power tools, but in recent years it has mostly refurbished tools returned by customers.

Now, says the report, Techtronic is moving the refurbishing work to Texas and Mexico and bringing assembly of chainsaws, string trimmers and generators to the Pickens plant, said Lee Sowell, president of the company's Outdoor Products Group for North America.

Techtronic brought assembly of pressure washers to Pickens last year, and that work will expand, Sowell said.

The new jobs come on top of about 120 workers at the plant who are on the Techntronics payroll now. The plant employs another 187 contract workers, the report said, but that number will decline over time, said Doug Newton, senior vice president of Human Resources for TTI North America, Inc.

Entry-level assembly workers at the plant make about $10 an hour, Newton said, while skilled and semi-skilled workers earn more.

Techtronic also said it would spend $3.8 million improving the Pickens plant.

The equipment assembled in Pickens will be sold under the Homelite, Ryobi, Ridgid, Work Force, and Husky brand names. (www.greenvilleonline.com)

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