Photo courtesy of Missourinet affiliate KWPM in West Plains

A southern Missouri company is closing its factory – putting 204 people out of jobs. Regal Beloit Corporation, a company manufacturing commercial motors, says its West Plains employees will be laid off in increments over the next seven months.

The West Plains Daily Quill says the plant will close by May 31, 2020. Plant manager Sam Nash says the company will move its West Plains operation to other locations. It has manufacturing, sales and service sites in North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2016, the West Plains factory laid off 90 workers as part of a restructuring plan.

Regal Beloit provided a statement to Missourinet affiliate KWPM in West Plains:

“The Regal Commercial Motor business is restructuring its manufacturing footprint to proactively position it for long-term success. Given the current operating realities of the competitive global market, the business has decided to close its West Plains, Missouri facility. The work will be transferred to other facilities within the business to increase synergies with our parts and assembly plants. While the transfer will occur in phases over the next nine months, we wanted to provide our associates with as much notice as possible. The first portion of production transitioning will begin in the 4th quarter of 2019 with the final closure expected by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2020. We are committed to working closely with our associates throughout this process to minimize disruption or personal impact and to ensure a successful transition for our customers.”

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