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Employees: Trane Plant To Shut Down Next Year

Posted at 2:24 PM, Oct 04, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) One of Lexington’s biggest employers is shutting down its operations next year.

The Trane plant in Lexington employees hundreds of workers. Trane specializes in HVAC equipment and is one of the top employers in Lexington. They are the 12th largest employer in Lexington and the 8th largest private employer in Lexington, according to the mayor’s office.

“A plant closing is never good news but thankfully Lexington’s robust economy and low unemployment will help Trane’s employees as they seek new jobs. I’ve already asked our team to work with the Trane employees so they can bring value to the many strong companies in Lexington,” said Mayor Jim Gray.

The mayor’s office says that by the end of next year, it is estimated that approximately 600 employees will lose their jobs.

Trane Union President Marty Leslie confirms that they were just told the Lexington plant would shut down and combine operations with other plants.

Ingersoll Rand made the announcement in a Columbia, S.C. newspaper today.

“The company’s intent is to support U.S. growth by transitioning and consolidating production of similar commercial HVAC products to a single location in Columbia, SC,” the company said in a news release.