Kohler Co. announced earlier this week that 223 out of its 924 employees at the Brownwood plant — nearly a quarter of the workforce — will be out of work beginning in June as the plant shifts some of its manufacturing to other Kohler plants.
Kohler gave the employee 60 days notice on April 9, the company said.
Kohler said in a statement emailed to the media:
Kohler Co. is proceeding with a planned retirement of the company’s older conveyor cast process, along with two smaller casting processes, within its vitreous operations at our facility in Brownwood.
Going forward, these products will be produced at existing Kohler potteries that have available capacity with more advanced and efficient manufacturing processes to make these products. No new jobs are being created as a direct result of this decision.
The decision affects 223 associates of the approximate 924 associates (employed) at the Brownwood facility. The affected associates were provided 60 days’ notice on April 9 as required by the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
(Kohler anticipates) that the workforce reduction will begin in June. The Brownwood site’s plastics operations, as well as one-piece casting and tank production in vitreous operations, are not impacted and will continue to operate as normal.
Kohler’s business is performing strongly, and (the company) continues to invest significantly … with more re-investment back into the company’s operations over the last three years than at any previous time in (Kohler’s) history.
Ray Tipton, executive director of the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD), said via email,
“We have been in contact with Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas and they have already connected with Kohler regarding the layoffs.”
Also speaking via email, Marshal McIntosh:public information officer for the City of Brownwood and assistant director of the BMDD, said, “people are always our first priority. We want to ensure we can help connect affected individuals with new employment and will do so by working with the our local business community, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas and the Chamber of Commerce.”