Tenneco to close Kettering plant; 600 workers to lose jobs

Ohio congressman, TIm Ryan. still left, IUE-CWA president Carl Kennebrew, heart, and Dayton mayor, Nan Whaley converse about Tenneco closing their plant in Kettering. JIM NOELKER/Team

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Ohio congressman, TIm Ryan. left, IUE-CWA president Carl Kennebrew, center, and Dayton mayor, Nan Whaley talk about Tenneco closing their plant in Kettering. JIM NOELKER/STAFF

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Ohio congressman, TIm Ryan. still left, IUE-CWA president Carl Kennebrew, center, and Dayton mayor, Nan Whaley converse about Tenneco closing their plant in Kettering. JIM NOELKER/Staff members

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Tenneco has been just one of Kettering’s biggest employers, and the town has been in contact with the corporation given that the closing was announced, Town Manager Mark Schwieterman explained Thursday.

The closing “process is fluid, and Tenneco has been preserving us advised as a lot as feasible,” he reported in an e mail. “Anticipated dates are available, but very little is at any time established in stone until finally the enterprise releases it to the public.”

Immediately after November’s closing announcement, the city started off forming a team of nearby and regional businesses to put a prepare in location to assist displaced staff, Schwieterman mentioned.

It arrived at out to Montgomery County, Sinclair Neighborhood Faculty, the Dayton Growth Coalition and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce to “combine experience and assets out there when Tenneco personnel require it,” he claimed. “Tenneco is similarly worried about its staff and has been doing the job with us, as properly.”

Presented economic elements this sort of as recent marketplace oversaturation of shock absorber output and better metal rates and substance prices, it does not make business enterprise sense to proceed output at the Kettering plant, a Tenneco spokesman instructed the Dayton Day by day News past yr.

All positions will be permanently eliminated in waves beginning June 12, 2022, or 14-days thereafter and continuing through Dec. 31, 2023, Tenneco advised Ohio.

A agenda for all task eliminations is not acknowledged at this time, Tenneco explained, but the organization also reported it will provide every single impacted personnel (instantly or via a union representative) at least 60 days’ advance discover of the separation day.

“We believe that there is a route for Tenneco and Apollo to maintain these work in our community,” Carl Kennebrew, president of the IUE-CWA union that signifies Tenneco workers, mentioned in an e mail Thursday.

Apollo Money entered into a pact to get Tenneco in February.

“Our workforce is highly experienced and well-experienced, and they have assisted make this firm a results,” Kennebrew mentioned. “Tenneco has obtained thousands and thousands in tax subsidies, nonetheless they are searching to shift functions to Mexico and China, where by the enterprise can exploit staff with very low wages. These staff and our community ought to have better.”

Asked if the union was chatting with Tenneco about the chance of trying to keep the plant open, Kennebrew reported he would welcome the prospect to do that.

In the meantime, the metropolis has fulfilled with Tenneco to talk about what workforce may will need as the closing date attracts nearer, Schwieterman mentioned.

“In conjunction with our group partners, such as workforce expert services suppliers, Kettering and the area are ready to present education, proficient trade teaching and occupation possibilities to help workers put together and progress for the duration of their subsequent chapter,” he additional.

Tenneco’s Kettering operations accounted for about 800 work opportunities in 2020, metropolis documents exhibit. Work opportunities ended up down to about 650 when the closing was announced, officials claimed.

But Tenneco has remained a considerable resource of revenue tax revenues for the city. Money tax receipts account for about 79% of Kettering’s general fund, the 2022 Kettering funds states.

The Tenneco web-site is “a fantastic area for a quantity of enterprises,” Schwieterman mentioned. “There is a want for industrial room in the Dayton current market, and we are optimistic that there will be a quick turnaround.”