Daikin McQuay to close Auburn plant by 2014

McQuay International in Cayuga County to layoff hundreds of workers

A Cayuga County manufacturer will close its doors at the end of next year, reportedly sending hundreds of jobs out of state and putting local employees out of work.

Daikin McQuay International

, which makes heat pumps, air conditioners, fan coils, ventilators, and other products at its plant in Auburn, will shut down by the end of December 2014. This according to a company official who spoke with CNY Central on Wednesday.

According to a union leader, 350 workers will lose their jobs. That includes 275 union members along with 75 management and sales employees. The company has told workers they will consider offering them jobs at other locations. "This comes as a surprise to everyoneâ?¦I don't think anyone knew this was coming," said Richard Knowles, Regional Director for the United Steelworkers.

Daikin Vice President of Marketing Don Winter says beginning in April 2013 the company will transfer production from the Auburn factory to a Goodman Manufacturing facility in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He says the company is negotiating the closure with the United Steelworkers Local 32 union, and will also be working with community members to â??minimize the impactâ?? of the plant closure on the local economy.

The union has contacted state officials in an attempt to keep the facility open or find a buyer for the empty plant.

According to the company website, Daikin McQuay is the largest air conditioning, heating, ventilating and refrigeration company in the world. McQuay International has been in business since 1872, and manufactures products under the Remington, Singer, HermanNelson Company, American Air Filter, and Perfex brand names.

Winter says Daikin purchased McQuay in 2006 and Goodman in 2012. The company is headquartered in Minnesota.