Selma Bush Hog still in line for parts

Published 12:21 am Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Bush Hog expects to release a statement soon saying its Telford, Tenn., location has been sold to another business that will supply parts to the Selma-based maker of agricultural equipment.

Duane Prentice, president of Bush Hog, said Tuesday that reports by The Associated Press of the layoff of 141 workers at the Telford, Tenn., site were inaccurate.

The Associated Press reported Monday the labor report for the week of June 1-8 in Nashville, Tenn., by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development would see a layoff at the end of the month.

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Prentice explained that about a month ago, workers at the Telford plant were told Bush Hog would not remain in the Tennessee facility, but were working on a relationship with a company to take over the site and provide products for Bush Hog.

Local officials in Washington County were notified of the same facts, Prentice said, as required by the 1988 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act to inform local governments of pending mass layoffs. Bush Hog has not revealed the name of the potential business.

“We have signed a contract and are working on a press release about who that company is,” Prentice said in a telephone interview with The Selma Times-Journal.

As for Alabama operations, Prentice said the company has had “a very successful turning around of our business during the last four months.”

Bush Hog is for sale, and Prentice said several “very interested” parties want to purchase the company.

Bush Hog is owned by CC Industries of Chicago, a corporation which is owned by Henry Crown & Co., also of Chicago.