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EcoQuest shutters Greeneville plant; 192 laid off

April 7th, 2009 12:00 am by Staff Report

The Knoxville News Sentinel is reporting that air and water-purification systems manufacturer EcoQuest International  has closed its Greeneville plant and laid off 192 workers.

The closing of the plant, at 310 T. Elmer Cox Drive, took effect March 30, according to the state. Mike Jackson, EcoQuest CEO and board chairman, was not available for comment.

Randy Harrell, president and CEO of the Greene County Partnership, said DBG owners told him there is a chance many of the former EcoQuest International employees will be able to work for DBG. They would have to relocate or commute about 47 miles each way, though.

A large number of employers in Greene County are related to the automotive industry, and problems in that sector plus the general economic downtown are hitting Greene County hard, Harrell said.

"Our unemployment rate is at 14.3 percent right now and is projected to get higher," he said.

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