Some of Transcraft’s laid off workers to be recalled soon
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jan 13, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of the people who have been laid off from Transcraft will be rehired on in the aftermath of the closure of the company’s Anna, Ill., plant and its consolidation into the local plant, with training to begin starting the latter part of this month, Transcraft Manager Terry Campbell said last week.

Although a few employees from the Anna plant will be moved to the Cadiz plant, a large majority of the new hires will be people from the Trigg County area, said Campbell, although he didn’t have an estimate for how many people would be rehired.

Campbell said he expects to have new productions starting during the first part of February, and he hopes it will “ramp up.”

The company will start by re-hiring the full-time employees and work their way to the temporary and part-time employees based on the demand and the amount of new orders that are received, said Campbell.

In November, it was announced that the Anna, Ill., Wabash plant, which currently employs roughly 60 people, will be closed by March 2010, and its trailer construction equipment will be consolidated into the Cadiz Transcraft plant.

One of the reasons for choosing the Cadiz plant, Transcraft and Wabash officials have said, is because it is already equipped to build trailers, as trailers were produced at the site back from when it was owned by Benson.

Transcraft, a manufacturer of flatbed, drop deck, dump trailers and truck bodies, plans to sell the Anna, Ill., facility to Rusty Flamm, a prominent businessman who owns a Lumberyard and home center business and Anna and Vienna, Ill.

The Anna manufacturing facility will continue producing steel and combo platform trailers for part of the year.
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