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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A plant on National Turnpike is closing, leaving hundreds of workers looking for new jobs.
Plant officials announced the February closing date on Wednesday. JCIM (known as Johnson Controls) makes automotive interiors. It makes the plastic you find inside many vehicles. Employees estimate about 400 people work at the National Turnpike location.
Those employees did not want to go on camera, saying they're hoping they can get transferred to the company's Riverport location that also has about 400 workers.
Company officials will not say how many people will lose their jobs but did confirm that some employees will transfer to other plants.
Johnson Controls says in order to remain competitive, the company must continue to find ways to better utilize existing capacity. It says the automotive industry is extremely competitive and there is excess capacity in its interiors business.
Johnson Controls also has a plant in Shelbyville. It employs 170,000 workers worldwide.
The Human Resources manager at the Louisville plant says there is a mix of union and non-union employees at the National Turnpike location.