The Emporia Gazette
Employees at Emporia’s Detroit Reman plant reported lay-offs Tuesday morning, with a complete plant shutdown expected by the end of the year.
The plant, located at 840 Overlander Rd., employs 113 people.
An employee told The Emporia Gazette that the lay-offs are expected to happen in phases through December, with the first round expected to be complete by April.
Detroit Reman’s parent company, Daimler Trucks North America, said the move is being made to consolidate its production footprint.
A Rapid Response team consisting of representatives from the City of Emporia, Lyon County, the Regional Development Association, Emporia State University, Flint Hills Technical College, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and state legislators Jeff Longbine and Mark Schreiber were scheduled to meet Wednesday morning. Any assistance for impacted employees provided by the Rapid Response team will be announced following that meeting.
Employees were made aware of the company’s plans during a Tuesday morning meeting.
The company, which remanufactures and rebuilds diesel engines, previously cut 75 jobs in Aug. 2009. At the time, it was reported the jobs would be moved to another facility.
In 2014, the company expanded with an 80,000-square foot warehouse facility. The work was completed in 2016.