Emerson to Open New Plant in Batesville

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Emerson Climate Technologies, a business of Emerson, this morning announced plans to locate a new manufacturing facility for its Copeland Scroll compressor technology in Batesville.  The new plant will be located on the property formerly occupied by Emerson's White-Rodgers operations in Batesville.

The expansion comes as Emerson Climate Technologies experiences increased demand globally for its scroll technology found in commercial and residential climate systems.  The decision to expand production with new operations in Independence County "enables the company to maintain competitive operations and strategically accomodate the needs of its customers."

Under the plan, Emerson will convert the plant previously occupied by White-Rodgers into a production facility to globally supply Emerson's Copeland Scroll compressor assembly plants.  Plant renovation will begin in the near future.  A 2010 targeted production start date has been established.

Once up and operating, the company expects to employ up to 390 full-time employees.