LENOIR CITY (WATE) - A Lenoir City plant that makes commercial locks is closing, putting 236 people out of work.
Employees of Yale Locks & Hardware, 100 Yale Avenue, were told Friday morning the plant will cease operations. The process begins in 60 days, and will take more than 12 months to complete.
After they received the news, all the workers were sent home for the rest of Friday with pay.
The employees were told this was a business decision and the company is consolidating operations into its largest U.S. manufacturing facility in Berlin, Connecticut.
Yale Locks also has a location in Monroe, North Carolina. It's owned by ASSA ABLOY in Stockholm, Sweden.
The company has made commercial locks in Lenoir City since 1953. Its product development and product support will continue to be located in Lenoir City.