DUNLAP, Tenn. -- Michigan-based Tecumseh Products has agreed to sell its engine and power train business operations to Platinum Equity LLC affiliates for $51 million in cash.
Included is the company's plant in Dunlap.
Local plant manager Earl Johnson says he's been told plant employees should expect "business as usual."
Tucumseh opened the Dunlap plant nearly 20 years ago. It has employed as many as 600 workers locally, although a second shift started in early 2006 has now ceased.
The plant makes small engines for lawn equipment.
Tecumseh said it will use the sale proceeds to pay off its domestic debt.
The company will concentrate on its compressor manufacturing business.
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