Hartmann Luggage to close in December

Founded in 1877, Hartmann is known as a top manufacturer of high-end luggage, and was purchased in late August by Samsonite International for $35 million.

In 1959, Hartmann Luggage moved to Lebanon and established itself on the corner of Baddour Parkway and what is now known as Hartmann Drive. Then Mayor William D. Baird is credited with creating the concept of an industrial subdivision in Tennessee and helped bring Hartmann here.

Hartmann initially did all of its manufacturing in Lebanon, employing more than 350 workers. However, over the past seven or eight years, most of the companys manufacturing operations have been moved to China and South America.

Most recently, the facility in Lebanon housed some of the companys management and was largely a warehouse/logistics base with only a few remaining manufacturing jobs.

Hentschel said the company filed its intentions with the department even though it did not have to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act of 1988. According to Hentschel, companies employing 100 or more workers must give the department at least a 60-day notice before firing a significant portion of its workforce.

Its not uncommon for employers of 100 or less to notify us, he said. The WARN Act allows the department to get in touch with the employees and talk to them about benefits and services through our career centers.

The local Career Center is located at 155 Legends Drive, Suite M, in Lebanon.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.