Lennox official: UC plant for sale

Lennox official: UC plant for sale
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
A clearer picture is beginning to emerge concerning the future of the local Lennox Hearth Products plant on East Reelfoot Avenue in Union City.
For the local economy, the picture is not a good one.
The local fireplace plant is up for sale, according to a statement from Lennox International’s director of communications and public affairs, Cynthia Baker.
“Lennox International announced in its fourth quarter and 2011 full-year results that it is pursuing strategic alternatives for the Lennox Hearth Products business,” the company reported in a statement Tuesday. “In further dialogue, the company confirmed its intention to pursue the sale of the company.”
In the meantime, Lennox Hearth Products vice president and general manager Wendy Howells said it is business as usual.
“We have a solid strategy for serving our valued customers and growing the business.,” she said. “We look forward to successfully serving the hearth market for years to come.”
Lennox Hearth Products is based in Nashville and has manufacturing facilities in Union City, Auburn, Wash., and Laval, Quebec, Canada.
The Union City plant employs between 200 and 250 workers. The plant opened in 1977 and currently builds residential fireplace units that are shipped across the United States.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 2.8.12

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