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4/1/2013 | 1 MINUTE READ

Seco Tools moves custom machine tool unit to headquarters facility

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The Troy, Mich.-based engineering design and tooling company will close its previous toolmaking operations in Lenoir City, Tenn.


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Seco Tools Inc. (Troy, Mich.) has announced plans to relocate its custom tooling unit in Lenoir City, Tenn., to its North American headquarters in Troy. The company says the move is intended, in part, to establish a center of excellence by bringing its custom tooling manufacturing operation together with its engineering and design unit. Seco says it will will close its Lenoir Ctiy site. The transition will begin in July 2013 and is expected to be complete by the second half of 2014.

“The decision to close the Lenoir City production operation was a difficult one for the company because of the extremely positive experience we’ve had in the area and the talented and dedicated team of people we work with there,” said Kurt Nordlund, president of Seco Tools. “The global market has not developed according to plans made seven years ago, which has resulted in excess capacity. Because of this, we need to modify our production model to accommodate actual market requirements and ensure we’re offering the best solutions to our customers. As Seco proceeds through this transition, we will do our best to assist our Lenoir City employees in finding new opportunities.”

Top global and North American Seco management reportedly notified Lenoir City employees four months ahead of any employee changes and 18 months ahead of any actions concerning the facility closing to allow as much notice as possible and provide ample transition opportunity.  Employees in positions that will be transitioned to Troy will be offered the opportunity to relocate.

Additionally, the company proactively increased its separation offerings for displaced employees in light of changes in the economy over the last decade. The Loudon County Economic Development Agency has contacted Seco, and the two organizations are partnering to develop a plan to minimize the transition’s disruption on affected employees and the community.

Seco Tools designs and manufactures tools for milling, turning, toolholing and holemaking. For more information, contact Lisa Seidl, Tel: (248) 528-5444; E-mail: lseidl@secotools.com; Web site: www.secotools.com/us.

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