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Fairmont Plant Closure Hurts Local Economy
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on October 08, 2013 @ 7:00PM
Created on October 08, 2013 @ 6:36PM

Officials at the Ruskin Manufacturing Plant in Fairmont announced plans to close its plant in north-central West Virginia and lay off 185 workers.

Ruskin has been known for it's longtime stay in Fairmont, and has become an economic staple for the city with a constant flow of contractors moving in and out.

Ruskin Manufacturing attributes the pending closure to a decline in commercial construction markets. The company produces air and sound control products for the heating, ventilating and air conditioning market. It also produces dampers for tunnel ventilation, process applications, and waste-water treatment facilities.

Now that the news of this closure has been announced, officials in Marion County are already starting to look at ways to help the economy recover, and fill that empty space once the company moves out.

"It really more than 200 jobs that are being affected, it really effects double that when it trickles down. Anytime you loose jobs like that it
really hurts because people move on, they move out of town, we have homes for sale, so it's really a bad thing." said Butch Tennant, Marion County Commissioner

Ruskin says the Fairmont plant's operations will be transferred to facilities in  Kentucky, Alabama, and Kansas.

The company said in a news release that the plant in Fairmont will close around July 31, 2014. Workers were notified of the decision on Monday.

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