(SUMMERVILLE, S.C.) -- Caterpillar Inc. announced Monday that it will shut down its plant in Summerville and put 280 people out of work in 2014, The Post and Courier reports.
Caterpillar, makers of engines and heavy equipment including excavators and backhoes, attributed the closing of the plant to decline in orders.
“Over the last few years, the company has worked to position the facility to be more competitive,” the company said in a statement. “However, it has concluded that the Summerville facility is not viable as a long-term operation.”
The Summerville plant focused mainly on dismantling and recycling heavy-duty transmissions.
The plant employs 255 full-time workers and 25 part-time workers. Representatives from Caterpillar say the workers will receive severance packages and job placement counseling in advance of the planned 2014 closing.
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