In an effort to consolidate operations, Ingersoll Rand will move its Trane HVAC production to its 1 million sq ft plant in Columbia, SC and close its Lexington, KY plant by the end of 2019, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Six hundred hourly employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company said it is committed to supporting employees with competitive severance packages, on-site employee assistance program services, job placement services and the opportunity to apply for jobs at other company locations. In fact, Trane plans to hire more than 750 employees in Columbia for assembly, machinery, manufacturing software support and engineering.
Trane announced plans to invest $96 million to expand its Columbia plant in 2017. The facility then employed 600 workers. Trane opened its Lexington plant in 1963. Trane operates one other Kentucky plant, a compressor plant in Campbellsville. In Lexington, it made components and units for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.