'The company was a godsend' Mayor of Columbus reacts to NCR closings

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Local ATM manufacturer NCR announced Monday they will shut down production at its multiple Columbus plants by the end of the year.

With this closure, nearly 400 full-time workers will lose their jobs, while over 600 part-time and temporary workers will be out of work.

"This [NCR] came here almost 10 years ago. It was a godsend at the time because we were at the depths of the recession. The nation was in the depths of the recession. It did provide over 1,000 jobs," said Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

The move is due to a global transition from a hardware to software data-driven business.

Mayor Tomlinson says it is a sad day for the NCR family but is looking to turn the negative situation into a positive for the many employers.

She intends to work alongside local agencies and the Department of Labor to provide placement services for people out of work.

The president and CEO of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce shared a similar sentiment following the news of the closures.

"It was unexpected to get that kind of news. It was so sudden, but at the same time, it continues to show there is just a lot of upheaval in the retail and purchasing department. If there is a positive, there is a phased approach. We have time to do what we need to do to make sure their [employees'] transition is a little easier," said Brian Chambers, president and CEO of Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Brian Anderson.

The phased closures will be complete by October. The NCR facility located in the Corporate Ridge Industrial Park will continue some operations into September and will be fully close sometime in October, according to a company representative. The Midland location is expected to close in August.

There is no word on plans for future vacant facilities.

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