Plant Cuts 390 Jobs

Massive layoffs to report in the county where the unemployment rate is the second highest in the state.

The Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant in Whitakers in Nash County laid off a total of 390 workers. Company officials attribute the layoffs of both full and part-time workers to slow engine sales in the recession. The company says the layoffs will take effect Monday.

Cummins Engine officials say 37 workers took voluntary separation packages last month. It wasn't enough. The company said "further employee reductions are necessary."

"Our employees at RMEP have done a terrific job managing through difficult circumstances over the last few months, but the demand for our engines continues to fall due the deep global recession we are facing today," said Dave Crompton, Vice President of Cummins MidRange Engine Business in a press release.

The Cummins Engine plant will still employ 1,100 workers.


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  • by dan Location: greenville on Mar 13, 2009 at 09:42 AM
    bush caused all this in 8 years how do you all expect PRESIDENT OBAMA to fix it in 100 days get a life and except that GOD has some changes for US
  • by Obama Supporter on Mar 12, 2009 at 10:56 PM
    These people want obama to fix the U.S In A Week. Thats not gonna happen
  • by Robert Location: Gville on Mar 12, 2009 at 09:23 PM
    O Bama O Sh-t
  • by blaming obama on Mar 12, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    already for what occurred on BUSH'S watch! He's only been in the white house for around 60 days! sheesh!
  • by B.J. Location: Roxobel on Mar 12, 2009 at 06:17 PM
    You all that have this Obama problem , need to get a life . The man is doing all he can with what they (CONGRESS) , are letting him do !!! You think the other man would have done any better so fast ? If you do you live a sad life ! You want to place blame , blame it on the Bush adminastration !! It all takes time people ! NO PRESIDENT can fix all this over night !!!!
  • by fred on Mar 12, 2009 at 02:00 PM
    nobama gonna fix it all, you will see
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    If I was one of those plant workers, I would probably move to another country by now. Obama will continue what Bush did in addition to one move that Clinton made, ruining this United States nation. Obama does not even know his butt from a hole in the ground I would expect. Thank god I have a very good future within my career at least. Also my wife and family are two other reasons why I will stay around.
  • by Anonymous Location: Greenville on Mar 12, 2009 at 01:53 PM
    OMG are there still people out there that can't get over the fact that Obama won? WOW!!!!Racisim is very much alive in NC
  • by Still Here Location: Rocky Mount Engine Plant on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    The correct plant location is Nash county not Edgecombe county
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Mar 12, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    Don't worry Obama promises to raise unemployment and welfare benefits so you can sit home, eat bon-bons and wait on obamas promise.
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