County leaders: Deal for Whitley still possible

Macon County leaders say they’re continuing to seek a deal with a buyer that could help a manufacturing operation alive in Franklin.

Whitley Products employees over 100 people and faces the possibility of closing down if a new operator doesn’t take over the facility.

Franklin Mayor Joe Collins  says the town and county are working together to bring in another company to run the plant, but there’s no deal yet, “We’re working with the folks at Whitley and the purchaser. We’re trying to uncover all stones, and make sure everything is explored because we certainly want a deal to happen. The town, the county, those families need those jobs. A deal is not totally dead yet.”

The plant, which manufactured parts for diesel engines, agricultural equipment, off-highway, construction equipment, and the HVAC market, temporarily shutdown in late January, but has fortunately reopened—for the time being.

Macon County Economic Development Commission Director Tommy Jenkins also said a deal to keep the plant going  has not been ruled out.