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.