MTD Products Inc. on Thursday morning announced plans to close its manufacturing facility in Leitchfield by June 2020.

The Leitchfield facility, located at 2555 Brandenburg Rd., employs approximately 295 people and manufactures component and aftermarket parts used to supply the company’s assembly facilities.

“MTD is grateful for the hard work and dedication of these employees and the continued support of the Leitchfield community,” said Craig Dukes, senior vice president of Human Resources, in a press release. “We recognize the significant impact this closure will have on employees and their families and will be providing separation support, including severance benefits, outplacement services, and preferential hiring opportunities at MTD’s other U.S. facilities.”

According to the release, MTD "made this decision after careful and ongoing evaluation of its manufacturing footprint in relation to future strategic needs. The move will improve overall efficiency and better position MTD to deliver competitive product in a rapidly evolving outdoor power equipment industry."

The release goes on to state that MTD remains committed to U.S. manufacturing and has increased employment at its other U.S. manufacturing facilities over the last several years. The move also allows the company to focus on better leveraging advanced manufacturing capabilities in its other U.S. facilities.

Founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1932, MTD Products Inc. designs and manufactures outdoor power equipment, such as lawnmowers and snow throwers. MTD is headquartered in Valley City, Ohio.