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					The Cherokee Scout - Cherokee County, N.C.'s local newspaper - News                                         Page 1 of 2

Snap-on adding 50 jobs
Plant consolidating with Mass. facility

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 8:06 PM CST

  Murphy – About 50 new jobs will become available as Snap-on
Tools announced Thursday the local plant is consolidating
operations with its facility in Massachusetts.

   The 50 jobs will be added over the next couple of months, with
an average wage of $30,751– Cherokee County’s average is
$25,272 – not including benefits, Snap-on Director of
Manufacturing Robert Hartman said. The jobs will include several
assembly positions, machinists and some professional jobs,
including engineers and buyers.

  New jobs with Snap-on were posted with the N.C. Employment
Security Commission office in Murphy on Thursday, Hartman said.
Anyone interested in the positions should apply with the
Employment Security Commission.

  The Snap-on plant in Natick, Mass. is closing with about 80
people losing their jobs, according to the Metrowest Daily News.       SCOTT WALLACE/Cherokee Scout
That plant makes similar products to the Murphy plant, which           Murphy Snap-on’s director of manufacturing,
                                                                       Robert Hartman, is all smiles announcing the
began local operations in 2000.                                        addition of 50 new jobs to the plant during a
                                                                       press conference Thursday afternoon.

  Snap-on in Murphy makes industrial power tools and employs
178 workers. Snap-on plans to invest nearly $2 million in Murphy
by consolidating operations from the Massachusetts plant, according to a Snap-on release.

  The Murphy plant committed to 40 new jobs in order to be awarded a $120,000 grant from the One
North Carolina Fund. The grant will only pay for certain things, such as upgrading the facility, Hartman
said. Snap-on must show that the new jobs will be maintained for at least three years. However, Hartman
said he believes 50 jobs will be created immediately.

   The new jobs in Cherokee County were made possible in part by substantial incentives from state and
local government. Project partners included Tri-County Community College, Cherokee County, the N.C.
Rural Center and Murphy Power Board.

   County Manager David Badger said an $860,000 incentive package was used to bring the new jobs to
the county. The matching part of the grant included the county putting in a 12-inch water line to connect
Murphy and Andrews and incentives from the Murphy Power Board, Tennessee Valley Authority and Tri-

  Hartman said about 40 percent of the facility is available for expansion. Getting ready for expanded
business will mostly involve rearranging. New work space should be ready by March 13 and will be                              2/25/2009
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complete by the end of May. It is possible that a couple of employees may relocate from the
Massachusetts plant, but it is more likely that all of the new positions will be available for local people.

  Human resources manager Alan Williams said the plant will do pre-hire training, and Snap-on has
been working with the college to set up grants to help. Most training will be done on the job, and about
half the new positions will be machining for power tools.

   “This is recognition that up to this point we have done a good job,” Hartman said. “[The expansion] is
important in our employees’ minds. It means job security. It is obvious that if you announce additional
jobs, you won’t be cutting them tomorrow.”

   Snap-on, headquartered in Wisconsin, has 35 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide,
including 11 U.S. plants.

  Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostic software, information and
management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as
well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources.

   “This [expansion] never would have happened if it hadn’t been for the machinist training program [by
Tri-County Community College],” Hartman said.

  “The county’s commitment to the Center for Applied Technology really paid off,” said Larry Kernea,
manager of Murphy Power Board.

  “This is a prime example of how government and local industry can work together,” County
Commission Chairman David Sumpter said.

  “Every job created here is good and is needed,” Murphy Mayor Bill Hughes said.

  “It shows that manufacturing is not dead in America,” Badger said.

   “[The new jobs] will have a trickle down effect,” said Tom O’Brien, president of Industrial Opportunities

  Hartman said the plant had a strong January but has been down in February. The company hasn’t
been hit as hard as others. It hired a number of temporary workers. Most users of Snap-on products are
auto mechanics and other professional industrial users.                      2/25/2009

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