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Oconee Co. Plant Closure Announced; 595 Jobs Affected

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Operators of an Upstate manufacturing facility have announced plans to close its doors in Oconee County.

Covidien, a medical equipment and supply company with a plant in Seneca, says nearly 600 employees will be impacted.

The facility will be completely closed in the next three years.

“After lengthy and careful consideration, we determined the best way to remain competitive and ensure the Company’s future success was to transfer the products manufactured in Seneca to a Covidien manufacturing facility in Costa Rica,” the company said in a news release Wednesday.

Covidien says it is working with those who will lose their jobs to find other employment.

The Oconee County Economic Development Commission says it has tried for months to learn the company’s plans.

“The Covidien news today is painful,” explains Richard K. Blackwell, executive director of the commission.  “Anytime a citizen of Oconee County loses his or her job it hurts as it has ripple effects throughout the community. Our pledge to them and all citizens of Oconee County is to continue to work extremely hard in creating new opportunities for economic prosperity.”

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