Group Inc., a component manufacturer for heavy-duty trucks, announced
it will cease manufacturing operations and lay off 44 workers
at its tractor parts plant in Denmark, SC. Plant employees were
informed of the company's decision, which is expected to go into
effect about a month before Christmas.
are deeply saddened by the impact this decision will have on our
Denmark employees," said Timothy Hemingway, president of
Holland USA. The Denmark facility began as a new plant in 1964
and has been a major employer in the region.In addition, the company
said it is reviewing its component parts distribution activities
at the plant.
is likely these activities will be discontinued also, but distribution
is projected to continue until at least April 1, 2003," the
company said in a statement.
said the forecast for new tractor production during 2003 has been
revised downward, following an up-turn in business driven by the
pre-buy of non-mandated diesel engines.
will affect production levels at all tractor OEMs, especially
those in the Southeast," Hemingway said. "Unfortunately,
the present and forecasted market conditions force us to consolidate
heavy transportation component part manufacturing in fewer locations."