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Big Tex Trailers to shut down Idaho plant, leaving 127 jobless

Trailer manufacturer Big Tex will close its plant in Caldwell, Idaho, by May 11, leaving 127 workers unemployed. The plant opened in 2009 after Big Tex acquired Circle J Trailers, a local company founded in 1958.

The details: Big Tex Trailers, headquartered in Texas and a subsidiary of American Trailer World (ATW), has been producing a variety of trailers including goosenecks and dump trailers at its Caldwell location. The closure details were disclosed in a WARN Notice filed with the Idaho Department of Labor on March 8.

Why it matters: This move affects a significant number of employees and the local manufacturing landscape. The reasons for the plant shutdown were not outlined in the company's announcement and Big Tex did not respond to requests for comment.

Big Tex had a substantial role in the community, even attempting to hire new workers as recently as January before announcing the shutdown.

What's next: Employees will face layoffs starting around May 11, creating uncertainty for those who rely on the manufacturing industry in Caldwell and its surroundings.

The impending closure of the Caldwell Big Tex Trailers plant comes as a blow to the local economy and the dedicated workers who have contributed years of service.

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