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Sikeston business will close doors

Sunday, June 7, 2009

SIKESTON -- An employer relatively new to Sikeston will be closing its doors in August, leaving its 16 employees looking for new jobs.

On Thursday, the city of Sikeston received notification Philips Products Inc., a window and door company that opened in mid-2007 in Sikeston, plans to close the plant Aug. 5.

"After multiple attempts for the sale of Philips Products Inc. over the last 15 months have proved futile, Tomkins PLC informed the management of Philips Products that Philips would be closed," according to a news release dated June 3 from Philips Products, "in the best long-term interests for Tomkins PLC."

Philips is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tomkins PLC, a British management company, which also owns the Gates Rubber plants in Charleston and Poplar Bluff.

On Thursday, WARN -- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act -- notices were given to the majority of Philips' 675 employees, including the 16 at the local plant, which is located in the old Essex complex on East Malone.

"We didn't have any warning -- in fact, we just received the rent check," said Ed Dust, director of Sikeston's Department of Economic Development.

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