Tyler Plant Closing

NILES, Mich. (AP) - The Tyler Refrigeration Company plant in
Niles will be closing within three months, putting about 500 people
out of work.

Farmington, Connecticut-based parent company Carrier Corporation
announced Friday it will quit making and selling Tyler-branded
commercial refrigeration products.

Conyers, Georgia-based refrigeration company Hill Phoenix Inc.
says it has acquired certain Tyler assets and intellectual
property, including equipment, inventory and five service and
installation centers.

Niles City Administrator Terry Eull says that Tyler is the
largest manufacturer in the southwestern Michigan city.

He says 40 white-collar workers were laid off Friday, and the
rest of Tyler's 450 to 500 employees will lose their jobs in 90
days.


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