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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Camfil Farr shuts down Shawnee plant

  • A spokesman for the Camfil Farr facility on North Harrison that makes filters for locomotives announced Monday the plant will shut down and cease operations, leaving 22 local residents jobless.Pierre Laforge, operations manager for Camfil Farr’s Railroad Division, told the News-Star on Monday that Shaw...
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  • A spokesman for the Camfil Farr facility on North Harrison that makes filters for locomotives announced Monday the plant will shut down and cease operations, leaving 22 local residents jobless.
    Pierre Laforge, operations manager for Camfil Farr’s Railroad Division, told the News-Star on Monday that Shawnee’s facility is the only location the company will shut down. He said Camfil Farr, which is owned by individuals in Sweden and has facilities all over the world, is “not planning to make any more closures.”
    “We’ve taken the production out of Shawnee and the work will be disbursed throughout the U.S. and Canada to our other facilities,” Laforge said.
    Laforge said the decision to shut down the Shawnee plant is part of a company-wide restructuring program and that he’s been in contact with Tim Burg, executive director of the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation, to “try and help some of our employees relocate to other companies in the Shawnee area.”
    Camfil Farr’s decision to axe its Shawnee plant comes on the heels of a “good news” week in Shawnee, at least regarding employment. Last week during SEDF’s board meeting, Burg said the Eaton hydraulics plant in Shawnee was adding some positions back after a series of layoffs dating back to late 2008. Last Wednesday, Allegiance Communications announced they would bring back 10 to 15 jobs the company had outsourced to Tyler, Texas.
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    Andrew Knittle may be reached at 214-3926.

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