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Eden Prairie refrigeration facility laying off 91 workers

Copeland Cold Chain, an HVAC and refrigeration expertise firm based mostly in St. Louis, will lay off 91 workers at its Eden Prairie facility this yr.

The layoffs will begin on June 30 and end by the tip of the yr. Copeland’s letter to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) indicated 31 workers in engineering and help roles will proceed to work on the Eden Prairie plant and serve the corporate’s meals retail and grocery prospects.

“Copeland has made the difficult decision to move our Eden Prairie manufacturing and distribution operations to existing Copeland operations facilities in North America,” Copeland stated per the DEED letter.

In a separate assertion, the corporate stated “this is a business decision based on Copeland’s review of operations to maintain competitiveness and provide the best possible service to our customers.” It went on to say impacted workers will obtain a minimum of a two-month discover and could have severance, healthcare continuation subsidies and different help throughout the transition.

St. Louis-based Emerson Electric Co. beforehand owned the corporate earlier than New York-based non-public fairness agency Blackstone acquired a majority stake in Emerson’s local weather expertise enterprise final yr and rebranded it as Copeland. In 2019, Emerson had expanded its automation enterprise within the Twin Cities with 3,500 Minnesota workers.

An Emerson consultant was not reachable to touch upon the present scale of its enterprise within the state. Globally, Copeland has greater than 18,000 workers with prospects in additional than 110 international locations.

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