Another Upstate New York Plant To Close

Daikin McQuay

Daikin McQuay, a manufacturer of HVAC systems, is closing the doors to its Auburn, NY plant next year. According to 9WSYR hundreds of employees will lose their jobs. Daikin McQuay is one of the largest employers in the city of Auburn. The company will be moving the Auburn operations to Tennessee.

Don Winter, vice president for marketing, confirmed the upcoming closure, saying the transition will begin in April of this year and will be complete by December 2014.

“It’s for operational reasons,” Winter said, without giving more specifics.

He said operations will be moving down to a plant of a sister company, Goodman, which manufactures similar equipment, in Fayetteville, Tenn. He said the company will discuss with employees and the United Steelworkers Local 32, the union that represents some of the workers, the option of transferring to jobs in Tennessee.

Earlier this week it was announced that the Oberdorfer foundry in DeWitt, NY is closing up shop. I guess these local companies didn’t get the message that New York is open for business.

Of note is that Tennessee is a right to work state and New York is not.