Trane closing Lexington plant, affecting 600 jobs


LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The parent company of a Lexington plant says it’s closing the facility sometime in the next 15 months, a move expected to put 600 hourly workers out of a job.

Ingersoll Rand is the parent of Trane, which opened the Lexington plant in 1963. The parent company said in a news release Thursday it will consolidate operations at a Columbia, South Carolina, plant, where it plans to hire more than 750 people.

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The Lexington plant makes components and units for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said he’s asked his team to help as the employees look for new jobs and said Lexington’s strong economy and low unemployment will benefit them.

Union president Marty Leslie said the closing could affect more employees than the company estimates.