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Major Tyler employer announces plant closure proposal


Officials with the Carrier Corporation have announced changes that will likely directly affect hundreds of East Texans.

Michelle Caldwell, a communications officer with Carrier says the company has proposed the closure of the Tyler plant.

The Tyler plant employs around 400 people, but as many as 500 could be affected.

Tom Mullins with the Tyler Economic Development Council says the economic impact will be about a half a billion dollars a year lost.

The TEDC will meet with the plant next week to ask them to re-consider and see if something else could be moved into the location.

According to Caldwell, the plant will continue to operate through 2013.

Caldwell says employees will be offered separation benefits, and eligible employees will be offered participation in the United Employees Scholars program. This would allow reimbursement for tuition, books and fees for up to four years.

Carrier employees were notified this morning.

Small package products were cut from the Tyler plant in 2010 and moved to Mexico, officials say.

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