Clorox to close plant, 80 employees to lose jobs

Clorox Manufacturing Products Company will

close its operation in Pearl in 2009, costing about 80 jobs.

The company will move the manufacturing of several products made

at the Pearl plant to its cleaning division hub near Atlanta.

Plant manager Scott Baldwin says some of the workers losing

their jobs have been at the plant 40 years.

The plant is being closed to make the company more flexible,

competitive and cost efficient.

The Pearl plant produces all Pine-Sol made in the United States.

The plant also makes the cleaner Lestoil, and pads for Clorox

bath and toilet wands.

Baldwin said the 65 hourly workers and 15 salaried employees at

the plant know about the shutdown and an agreement has been reached

with the United Chemical Workers Union that includes a competitive

severance and benefits package.

Some salaried employees could be offered transfers to other

Clorox plants.