2 Tenn. towns losing nearly 2,000 jobs

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee towns will lose nearly 2,000 jobs over the next three years as Goodman Manufacturing moves the positions to a new plant being built in Texas.

Media report Goodman officials announced on Tuesday that the company plans to consolidate operations at a campus in Houston, which is expected to open in 2016.

The company has about 1,200 workers in Fayetteville, making it the largest employer in a town with about 7,000 residents. A smaller factory in Dayton employs about 700 workers.

Goodman said employees will have the option of making the move with the company or taking a severance package that includes two years of free college and assistance finding other work.

City officials say the advance notice should help soften the blow to the communities.