USGNN Original StoryTraco's Johnson City, Tenn., Branch to Close
September 25, 2009

Traco, headquartered in Cranberry Township, Pa., has announced to employees that it will be closing its Johnson City, Tenn., branch later this fall. Denise Abraham, manager of marketing and communications, told™ that the closure will impact about 180 jobs.

Located 100 miles from Knoxville, Tenn., this 150,000-square-foot facility has been dedicated to manufacturing commercial thermal aluminum products. With its closure, the company will be consolidating all operations solely at its headquarters, where additional hourly workers will be added to accommodate the transition.

Abraham stresses that the facility will not close until the company can be assured that customers will not experience any delays or problems with shipments.

"We won't close that plant until there's a complete, smooth transition of the product line from there up to this facility [in Pennsylvania], so that it does not impact anything as far as orders are concerned or delays to the customer," Abraham says.

No specific date for closure has been announced, although due to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which protects workers by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification of 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs, it will not be before November 23.

"It's when everything is moved, it won't be before November 23, the date that we gave the employees," Abraham says, adding, "but when it's moved and things are operational and functional, there will not be a delay."

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