LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Automotive supplier Johnson Controls plans to phase out 290 jobs over the next two years as the company ends production at its Lexington plant in West Tennessee.

Spokeswoman Mary Kay Dodero tells The Jackson Sun (http://bit.ly/2cEDDfo ) that the company plans to transition the facility from manufacturing to a service center or warehouse.

“Current production will continue, but no new manufacturing will come into the plant,” Dodero said.

The plant manufacturers metal sand mechanisms for seating in automobiles.

Dodero declined to elaborate on what sort of severance packages current workers will be able to expect.

“There are not that many people needed in the service facility,” Dodero said. “But we don’t comment on financial arrangements.”

Lexington Mayor David Jowers said that products made at the Lexington plant had to be shipped to be painted before being returned to the facility, while another Johnson Controls plant in Alabama is able to do the manufacturing and painting in-house.

The decision to end manufacturing in Lexington comes as Johnson Controls prepares to spin off its automotive business into an independent company called Adient on Oct. 31.

Jowers said the announcement about the Lexington plant was unexpected because Johnson Controls had been hiring workers for the plant when word came down that the company plans to halt production there.

“This is not good,” the mayor said. “We’ll double down and work a little harder. People may be losing their jobs, but you do not lose confidence.”

Lexington is about 100 miles northeast of Memphis.

“In rural West Tennessee, we just have not had any luck the last few years,” Jowers said.


Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com