Citing a decline in product demand, Cintas Corp. is closing its manufacturing plants in Bath County and Perry County, eliminating 298 jobs.
The Cintas plant in Bath County employs 148 workers who produce work pants, while the Perry County facility employs 150 people, producing work shirts.
Both facilities are slated to shut down by the end of this month.
The closures are part of the Cincinnati company’s plan to consolidate its apparel business, which has suffered as the nation’s economy continues to stall.
“Unfortunately, the economic climate and reduction in demand for products manufactured at these plants left us with limited options,” said Cintas CEO Scott Farmer.
Cintas also operates eight other locations in Kentucky, including two in Lexington with a total of approximately 170 employees, two in Louisville (225 employees) and one in Ashland (130 employees).