Sixty employees furloughed at AWT’s Jesup site


American Welding & Tank LLC (AWT), a Division of Taylor-Wharton International LLC, has announced the consolidation of propane tank manufacturing and refurbishing service operations at the Jesup, Georgia factory into the company’s four remaining facilities.

The Jesup production and process services will be transferred to facilities at Fremont (Ohio), Crossville (Tennessee), Bloomfield (Iowa) and Salt Lake City (Utah), current operations at the plant scheduled to cease on, or around, 17th January 2009.

Approximately sixty employees will be furloughed as a result of the relocation. However, other operations, such as the head fabrication plants, at the Jesup location remain unaffected by the closure of the propane tank facilities and continue production.

Mike Larson, President of AWT, explained the reasons for the decision, “Declining demand for propane tanks across the US have forced us to right-size our manufacturing footprint to more efficiently serve our customers from our other four existing factories.”

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