Kentland factory workers shocked, unemployed

A Kentland factory closes its doors, leaving dozens of workers shocked and unemployed.
A Kentland factory closes its doors, leaving dozens of workers shocked and unemployed.

KENTLAND, Ind. (WLFI) — A Kentland factory closes its doors, leaving dozens of workers shocked and unemployed.

CPX Incorporated in Kentland and North Vernon has supplied parts to GE Appliances’ products, specifically washers and refrigerators.

Thursday, Sept. 8, the business came to an end. Spokesperson Kim Freeman said GE will give the work to a more reliable supplier.

“CPX has been unable to provide the parts they have agreed to supply in the quantities on the schedule needed for us to make the washers and refrigerators that we have committed to make for our customers,” Freeman told News 18 in an emailed statement.

We called CPX Wednesday morning and were told to speak to a Candace Sanders.

Sanders told News 18, GE came into the plant last week and had employees sign a confidentiality agreement. She also said the Whirlpool Corporation may be able to offer jobs to CPX employees who were laid off.

Sanders said someone from Whirlpool wanted to make a statement around noon, but News 18 could not contact her after the initial call. When we reached out to Whirlpool, we could not confirm that information.

One employee said they have worked at the facility for a long time and were shocked to be laid off without notice.

News 18 tried to speak with several other CPX workers while they were on their way to pick up their last paycheck, but none of them would talk to us about the Kentland facility.

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