West Tenn. plant laying off 35 workers

HUNTINGDON, Tenn. (AP) -- An agricultural equipment company is laying off 35 workers in West Tennessee.

According to The Jackson Sun, Behlen Manufacturing will shift work to its plants in Columbus, Neb., or Baker City, Ore., and maintain only a distribution center in Huntingdon. The employees being laid off by Oct. 31 will be offered jobs at the other two plants.

The plant makes livestock equipment, including bail feeders, feed bunks, some dog kennels, tillers and other equipment.

Behlen CEO Phil Raimondo said the company is seeing a lot of hesitation to place orders because of uncertainty surrounding the November presidential election.

Raimondo said the company wants to grow its business east of the Mississippi River and that would create new jobs, but he doesn't expect that to happen this winter.

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