Rayloc, an auto parts s supplier that is one of Union County’s largest employers, has informed employees that the company plans to close its manufacturing plant in Morganfield by the end of October.
The shutdown leaves some 540 workers without jobs.
Rayloc is a division of Genuine Parts Co., an Atlanta company that is the major distributor of NAPA auto parts. The Morganfield plant remanufactures auto parts sold at NAPA parts stores.
The announcement took both employees and the community by surprise. Rayloc has been in operation in Morganfield since 1974. Four years ago the company added a $3 million warehouse and just last year made a $915,000 investment in the plant that was expected to create some 50 new jobs.
Rayloc and Genuine Parts have not issued a formal statement regarding the closure or the reasons behind the decision.