FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) - Goodman Operations will be relocated to a new business campus in Houston, Texas within two years, according to its parent company, Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Goodman has a manufacturing plant in Fayetteville, Tennessee that employs more than 1,500 people. Tennessee and Texas operations that will be moved to the new business campus include engineering, logistics, procurement, manufacturing, and marketing.
Construction will begin on the new facility in the coming months and is scheduled to operational by mid-2016.
Company leaders say employment at the new campus will increase because of the expanded product manufacturing and the consolidation of Texas and Tennessee facilities.
"Our goal is to treat our current employees fairly and equitably when the transfer of manufacturing operations begins," said Kari Durham, senior vice president human resources. "Total employment in the Houston area will increase to approximately 4,000 employees."
Bad news traveled fast in Fayetteville, a small city with big spirit which was dealt a hard blow with Tuesday's announcement.
"It was a pretty bad shock," said Mayor Jon Law. "I am not going to try to fancy it up - it was a shock."
Law said when Goodman executives reached out to the city about an emergency meeting, Law said he was hopeful.
"Being the positive people we are, we thought it was that they were going to expand."
The mayor said recovering from the news will take time, but that in due course, his city will be "putting our shoulders together and move."
Law said he is thankful the plant will remain in operation for the next couple of years while the new Houston plant is under construction. This gives the city ample time to search for and examine their options.
That search begins right away, Law said, and while he can't predict the future, he said he is confident Fayetteville will find a way to retain its spirit.
Parent company Daikin said its human resources department will help employees the best they can with the transition. Company officials could not confirm if all jobs at the Fayetteville facility would be lost, however the mayor said he was told to prepare for the loss of at least 1,500 workers.
When asked if employees will be given the opportunity to transfer to the Houston facility, a spokesperson said, "In the new facility, we are going to need qualified professional workers, and we will have openings."