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Hundreds to Lose Jobs in Masco Bath Closure

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. - After years of downsizing, Masco is officially closing up shop in West Tennessee.

The facility in Adamsville is home to hundreds of workers who will begin getting pink slips in waves.

Residents said the move is very disappointing. At one time, the facility used to be one of the largest employers in McNairy County.

"This is going to be devastating," said resident Michael Nash. "Not only to the families, but you know, to the local community as a whole. And I'm just afraid that it's more of the same that's around here."

About 200 workers at Masco Bath in Adamsville, and 70 more in New Jersey are losing their jobs.

The company said it will close both manufacturing facilities at the end of the year, consolidating them with Delta Faucet.

Company officials said closing the facilities not only saves them money, but improves overall operating efficiencies.

Residents said the move actually hurts the community. McNairy County already has a 9 percent unemployment rate.

"We're basically raising our kids and telling them to be successful," Nash said. "You're going to have to leave McNairy County 'cause there's nothing here for the future of our kids to do as far as income."

But McNairy County's chamber of commerce officials said they hope that will change.

"We have some expansions that's going to take place," said Ted Moore, executive director for the McNairy Regional Alliance. "We're working with a couple new companies that we're getting close I hope, but it's very difficult for rural communities to compete now for the jobs that's out there."

Chamber leaders said they will meet with state and Masco officials next week to discuss how they can help displaced workers.

Masco officials said workers will receive severance packages, and will have opportunities to apply for any open positions within the company.
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