Quincy Compressor mulls possible move to Alabama

Quincy Compressor announced Wednesday that it's mulling the closure of its Quincy plant.

The company would consolidate the Quincy operations into its facility in Bay Minette, Alabama under the proposal made to employees.

Ross Miller, business representative for the International Machinists Union Local 822, said union officials were contacted Wednesday morning by company officials.

Corporate representatives met with union officials Wednesday morning before addressing the entire staff at the Quincy facility.

The company has told union officials that the cost of doing business in Alabama is cheaper. The company asked union employees to make concessions to reduce costs.

Miller expects negotiations to begin in June. He said itâ??s unclear whether the union would concede or whether it would stand firm.

â??Itâ??s yet to be determined what road weâ??re going to take,â?? he said. â??I donâ??t have enough information to go on right not to make any moment on that.â??

The Quincy facility employs about 134, company spokeswoman Jacqueline Gay told KHQA. The union represents about 100 of them, Miller said.

Gay stressed Wednesday that the talks are preliminary at this point and more will be known once negotiations begin.

"I can't really talk specifically about what's causing this, but we're always looking to improve our production and take advantage of synergies, and looking at a consolidated and single source of production," Gay said. "That was listed as part of the reasons for looking at possibly making this move.

"While we don't have a lot of information and we don't know a lot of what these talks will lead to, we do want to re-emphasize that this proposal does in no way reflect on the city or the company's no way is it a reflection on them or the management."

Quincy Compressor manufacturers reciprocating and rotary screw air compressors, vacuum pumps and air treatment components, according to the company web site.