Lear Corp. to shut down Morristown operations

Lear Corporation will be shutting down their Morristown operations this year.

In a memorandum filed with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, it was announced there will be a permanent closure of their facility in the East Industrial Park that will result in the loss of 143 employees. Layoffs will start occurring after June 4 on a date to be determined.

Bill Brittain, mayor of Hamblen County, said the closing of the facility was unfortunate, but he was hopeful the workers would be able to transition to other jobs in the community.

“Lear has been an industrial partner for our community for a long time,” he said. “I’m sorry that the company is closing its operations, but I’m optimistic that the employees affected can find comparable jobs pretty quickly. There are several companies that pay good wages in town needing qualified, skilled workers.”

Marshall Ramsey, president of the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, said the job outlook in Morristown was good.

“Between the assistance of the state Department of Labor, local employment agencies and the existing manufacturing base, we’re confident that we can find employment for any of the workers willing to take a job,” he said.

The eventual layoffs come as the state is ending federal assistance payments for unemployment.

Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday that Tennessee would end its participation in federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs, effective July 3.

“We will no longer participate in federal pandemic unemployment programs because Tennesseans have access to more than 250,000 jobs in our state,” said Gov. Lee. “Families, businesses and our economy thrive when we focus on meaningful employment and move on from short-term, federal fixes.”