Negotiations are ongoing between Thomas & Betts and union officials, a spokeswoman for Thomas & Betts said Friday.
Tricia Bergeron, investor and corporate relations vice president at Thomas & Betts, said an announcement is likely next week on the future of Clinton’s facility. Last week, Bergeron said negotiations would have likely ended by Friday.
Thomas & Betts corporate officials announced last week the company planned to consolidate its production from Clinton into two separate facilities in Portland, Tenn., and Athens, Tenn. City officials said last week they planned to present proposals to entice Thomas & Betts to remain in Clinton and the union is also presenting other cost-saving options, Bergeron said.
Clinton’s plant produces non-metallic boxes used primarily in residential construction. Business in that sector is down more than 40 percent since 2008, Bergeron said, causing the company to alter its production method. Facilities in Portland, Tenn., and Athens, Tenn., produce the same materials.
If the company decides to move, the plan to leave Clinton would be complete by the end of July. Thomas & Betts, 1001 S. Second St., employs 135 employees.