Airtex, a manufacturing plant in southern Illinois, is laying off about half of its employees at its Fairfield facility.
The company, which manufactures fuel pumps for the automotive industry, has been a big part of Fairfield for decades.
The company announced it's cutting 160 factory workers and as many as 60 company employees. The announcement comes less than two months after employees approved a one year extension to their contract.
Airtex is part of UCI Fram, one of North America's largest companies that manufacture automotive parts.
Fairfield Mayor Chuck Griswold says despite the situation, the City of Fairfield is resilient and there is no room to get mad at Airtex. He's in talks with the company to find ways both them and the city can be successful.
"It's not real good news for the city, and first of all, my concern goes out to these employees and their families," Mayor Griswold said. "If we pull together, remain positive, we will figure out a way to get through this."
Mayor Griswold says there are other companies in surrounding towns that are hiring. He says Cooper Tires in Mt. Vernon would be willing to shuttle people from Fairfield to their plant.
Officials with Airtex say that the layoffs could begin in as soon as two weeks and will take up to nine months to complete.