Trane lays off over 500 seasonal workers

Published on Thursday, 1 August 2013 23:31 - Written by By Casey Murphy cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

There were more than 500 seasonal layoffs at the Trane manufacturing plant in Tyler, company officials confirmed Thursday.

“Effective July 29, Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions has announced a seasonal layoff of our hourly production staff in Tyler,” Maria Weber, director of communications for Ingersoll Rand, said in a prepared statement. “This action eliminates approximately 517 hourly production and temporary production positions. The workers were notified on July 19, and their last day was July 26.”

The company’s staffing in Tyler follows its peak season, she said. Seasonal employees are hired and let go every year.

“Our business operates on the demand for our heating, ventilating and air conditioning products,” Ms. Weber said. “In Tyler, over many years, we have established a pattern of adjusting our production staff. As we are able to increase production, we do provide recall to employees who are impacted by the seasonal layoff, have recall rights and are eligible.”

Ingersoll Rand announced last August a seasonal layoff at its Tyler plant that affected 500 hourly production workers. In July 2011, the company made a similar announcement, indicating 500 people, about a third of its workforce, were being laid off, according to earlier reports.

Trane has about 1,300 hourly employees and 400 salaried employees, reports show. Ingersoll Rand acquired Trane in 2008 for about $10.1 billion. Tyler's Trane plant creates residential air-conditioning systems and productions.

Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business specializing in commercial, residential and industrial products that enhance air quality, security, efficiency and sustainability, according to its website.