“While this has been a difficult decision, Stellar Industries has taken the appropriate steps to assist the Kiefer Manufacturing employees in Sneedville by working collaboratively with our offices and workforce development,” Mr. Harrison said.
“We will begin job coaching and host a job fair…with the goal of placing each person. Employment is the key to the community's success, and I am hopeful we will be able to retain jobs locally through the sale of Kiefer Manufacturing.”
Stellar said it will complete as many orders as possible by year-end; manufacturing warranties and replacement parts will be transitioned in the sale of the facility.
Once the transition is complete, Stellar plans to use the Kanawha plant to meet rising demand for Stellar products and strengthen market share.
Kiefer is one of five Stellar affiliated companies. The others are: American Eagle Accessories Group, a manufacturer of truck-mounted air compressors, heavy-duty drawer systems, and various other truck accessories; X-Tra-Lift, an installer of pickup-bed-mounted hydraulic lifts; Stellar Truck & Trailer, a truck equipment service, repair and installation business; and Valley Industries L.L.C., a fabricator of custom-designed trucks, trailers and lube skids.