- Associated Press - Thursday, July 28, 2016

LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) - Duracell is closing the plant in Lancaster where it has produced household batteries for decades, a move expected to leave most of the plant’s 430 workers without jobs.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (https://bit.ly/2a1ZOhJ ) that the company is consolidating North American production of AA and AAA batteries at one plant in LaGrange, Georgia.

The company said the Lancaster plant will be phased out during the next three years. The company has manufactured batteries there for 35 years.

The announcement comes just two years after the Lancaster County Council approved an agreement to cut property taxes at the plant for the next three decades.

County Administrator Steve Willis says the county was working with the plant as recently as November to provide tax incentives to upgrade machinery.

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