The technology development company NCR plans to close its two local plants within the next few months — eliminating more than 1000 jobs.
NCR develops hardware and software for ATMs, self checkout machines, and other financial technology. The company employs 1,039 full-time and temporary part time employees between its two local locations in Columbus and Midland.
News 3’s media partner The Ledger-Enquirer reports the shutdown will affect 360 full-time employees and 679 workers contracted by temporary employment companies. Company spokesmen reportedly cite global market competitiveness as the reason for eliminating the Columbus and Midland plants to streamline their process.
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson tells News 3 the city is taking proactive strides to re-employ displaced workers with the help of the Chamber of Commerce and a partnership between the Department of Labor and NCR.
“Several years ago we had a similar situation and we were actually able to place almost all of the employees, so that’s what we’re looking to do this time,” Mayor Tomlinson explains to News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton. “Once you train individuals at this high of a level in this type of marketable skill, they actually can fairly readily find jobs, and so that will be our effort.”
However, Mayor Tomlinson also adds both plant locations are on prime real estate and prospective companies are already on the horizon to fill the spots and bring jobs along with them. She says the city is currently marketing federal tax breaks from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as adding its own incentives for companies to set up shop.
“We’re always floating particular incentives to sweeten the deal and be more appealing than competing cities in South Carolina, Alabama, or Florida, wherever they happen to be,” she says. “A lot of the time we have to keep the economic development projects confidential, because we are competing with those other cities and don’t want them to know which companies are looking at us.”
NCR will close its Midland plant in August. The larger plant location on Corporate Ridge Parkway will start eliminating certain operations by September. The plant will close all together no later than October.
If you are looking for a new job and wish to take advantage of the partnerships to re-employ NCR workers, visit the Department of Labor website.