Modine Manufacturing Shifts Production to Harrodsburg, Ky., Plant

July 3, 2008
Company will transfer production from Camdenton, Mo., facility, as part of ongoing manufacturing realignment.

Modine Manufacturing Co., a manufacturer of thermal management technology and solutions, will be transferring additional production to its plant in Harrodsburg, Ky., from its Camdenton, Mo., facility. With the new business, the Harrodsburg plants workforce is expected to double in size to approximately 400 hourly and 40 salaried employees.

The Camdenton facility is one of those U.S.-based operations the Modine announced intentions to close in April, taking place over an 18- to 24-month period. The intended closings and production shifts are part of Modines global restructuring program designed to realign manufacturing operations, improve profitability and strengthen global competitiveness.

Production being transferred to Modines Harrodsburg plant from Camdenton consists of aluminum radiators, charge air coolers and oil coolers for the off-highway market. The Harrodsburg facility manufactures round tube plate fin, heat exchangers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) modules and systems for automotive, truck and off-highway applications.

We are excited about the opportunities the added production will provide for our facility and our employees, said John R. Foutch, Harrodsburg plant manager. We expect the plant to be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week when weve fully ramped up. In fact, we have already started hiring for segments of the business that are in the process of being transferred.

One skill set the Harrodsburg plant is especially interested in is aluminum TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welders. The facility has made recruiting these specialized employees a priority and Modine is working with the State of Kentucky for granting inducements in connection with the anticipated costs incurred in expansion of the Harrodsburg plant.

Foutch said the transition is being carried out in a focused and strategic manner as operations at the Camdenton plant wind down. That will ensure a seamless flow of products to our customers. We have great confidence that we will be able to integrate the production effectively with our existing operations in the same manner that has earned us outstanding customer recognition over the years.

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