MTD Products, known for manufacturing yard and landscaping equipment including the Troy-Bilt and Yard-Man lines, announced plans today to close its manufacturing facility in Leitchfield.

The decision means the loss of approximately 295 jobs.

The Leitchfield plant makes aftermarket products and component parts used to supply the company’s other assembly facilities. A company news release cited changes in the outdoor power equipment industry, its future manufacturing needs and its other advanced manufacturing capabilities as reasons for the closure.

“MTD is grateful for the hard work and dedication of these employees and the continued support of the Leitchfield community,” said Craig Dukes, senior vice president of human resources. “We recognize the significant impact this closure will have on employees and their families and will be providing separation support including severance benefits, outplacement services and preferential hiring opportunities at MTD’s other U.S. facilities.”

Closure of the plant off Brandeburg Road is expected to be complete by June, the company said.

MTD’s statement said it remains committed to domestic manufacturing and has increased employment at its other U.S. facilities over the last several years. A spokeswoman at MTD’s corporate headquarters in Valley City, Ohio, said the company’s other U.S. manufacturing sites are in Martin, Tennessee; Tupelo, Mississippi; Willard, Ohio; Shelby, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Tucson, Arizona; and Indianapolis.

Founded as a tool-and-die maker in 1932, the company entered the lawn equipment and landscaping arena in 1954.

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