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Timken mum on future of Lincolnton facility

Officials with the Timken Company aren’t commenting on the future of their Lincolnton-area operation, after recently announcing it’s closing its Clinton, S.C. plant.
Over the next two years, production lines at the plant will be phased into other Timken operations, according to company spokesperson Diane Bowler.
“We haven’t identified where the jobs will be sent,” she said.
Bowler would not say if the Lincolnton/Iron Station plant is on any kind of closure list.
Timken’s decision to close the South Carolina plant is what Bowler calls a “restructuring” of the company’s automotive division.
The plant in Iron Station produces bearings for light-to-heavy duty trucks and earth moving equipment and employs around 800 people.
In August, Timken reported its 333rd consecutive dividend to shareholders. The company operates in 27 countries with 26,000 employees with reported sales of $4.5 billion.
Timken Human Resource Manager Wayne Lowe says while the Clinton plant is being phased out, Iron Station continues to remain strong.
“We’ve netted 200 additional jobs over the last two years,” he said, “and have $50 million in added expansions since 2000.
“We can’t predict the future,” he continued, “but we haven’t heard about any plans to downsize or close the facility.”
by Jon Mayhew

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