Power tool manufacturer Black & Decker announced plans to expand its plant in Jackson, TN, U.S. and hire 250 skilled workers.
Gradually beginning this summer through the end of 2006, the additional skilled labor will be added to the Tennessee plant, which was acquired from Porter-Cable Corp last year, and currently employs about 1,300 people.
A spokesperson for the company, advised that the company is moving some of its steel machining and castings operations to the plant and that the change will create a significant shift in the skill level of the facility.
With the acquisition last fall of Porter Cable, 350 people lost their jobs at the Jackson plant, when manufacturing and assembly positions went south to its Reynosa, Mexico, facility.
As part of Black & Decker's efforts to consolidate its facilities and save money, the company has been streamlining the work force and operations since 2002. An estimated 675 people will lose their jobs with the closing of the Fayetteville, NC, U.S. facility when the company announced transferring those operations to Tennessee and Mexico last month.
Restructuring results have saved the company about U.S. $155 million so far. Black & Decker acquired Minnesota-based Pentair, Inc.'s Porter Cable, Delta, DeVilbiss Air Power, Oldham Saw, and Flex businesses in a $775 million all-cash deal in the fall of 2004. (Jobwerx News)
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