A combination of very strong winds, falling temperatures and frozen precipitation will make Wednesday and Wednesday night dangerous for motorists. Freezing rain and sleet will change to snow before ending late Wednesday or early Thursday. Wind chills of 5 to 10 degrees...with air temperatures in the low 20s...can be expected. Roads will be icy Thursday morning but should melt during the day as skies clear and temperatures rise above freezing.
The $6.5 million upgrade in operations last week came as great news to everyone at Kwikset and thats why a shut down in lever operations still seemed confusing. But plant officials say that one move has nothing to do with the other.
The decision to shut down lever operations comes after the company compared production costs between plants in China and Denison. Plant officials saw that it was more expensive to produce levers here in Texas and concentrated their efforts on getting more money to upgrade tools and machines in other parts of the plant.
Kwikset officials say that so far, no major layoffs have taken place, but add they cannot guarantee that no one will lose their job.
Plant officials tell us the majority of those who wanted to stay at Kwikset have been able to move to other areas of the plant.