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Kentucky manufacturing plant to close in September

March 22, 2019

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky plant that makes audio components for car manufacturers will close later this year.

The Daily News reports Harman Becker Automotive will close its doors in Simpson County in September after nearly 20 years in business at the location. A statement from Connecticut-based Harman International called the move “an essential step to ensure the long-term competitiveness of our business.”

Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority Director Dennis Griffin says the plant was among the company’s last North American manufacturing facility.

Griffin says Harman Becker employs about 175 people and plans to eliminate about half of its workers in June and the rest in September.

The company said it would provide severance packages and job search assistance to eligible employees.