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Apex Tool Group plant laying off 170 workers

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Apex Tool Group will be eliminating 170 jobs from its Sumter County plant.

Company spokesperson Kelly Rhoades said the downsizing was a result of the ceasing of production of the Armstrong and Allen hand tools manufactured at the plant.

“This is not a reflection on our fine associates, it was a difficult business decision.” Rhoades said. “The company decided to refocus its efforts toward a different line of tool that has shown strong growth.”

Rhoades said these jobs are being eliminated. She said the company has informed impacted associates of other jobs within the company, and they will be able to apply for those positions.

Apex Tool in Sumter currently employs 365 people. The group expanded the Sumter operation in 2014, adding 150 jobs.

Rhoades said production of the Armstrong and Allen hand tools will cease March 31.

Workers have been given a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice, a law which requires companies laying of more than 100 workers to give a 60-day advance notification.

Reach Travis Boland at 803-726-7543.

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