Tenneco Seward plant

Tenneco has announced plans to close its Lincoln operation and consolidate the work at its Seward plant, shown here.

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Tenneco on Tuesday announced plans to shut down its Lincoln operations and move most of the work done there to its nearby plant in Seward.

Tenneco has had an operation in leased space at Lincoln Industries since 2005 that's been solely devoted to making exhaust products for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Steve Blow, a spokesman for the automotive parts maker, said most of the work will move to Tenneco's much larger plant in Seward that makes automobile exhaust systems, while some work will move to a plant in Puebla, Mexico.

"Due to the available capacity in Seward and the proximity of the facility to Lincoln, absorbing the production into Seward will help Tenneco remain competitive in the region" Blow said in an email.

He said about 100 people work at the Lincoln operation but the company does not anticipate a "significant drop in employment levels" because most employees in Lincoln will be offered positions at the Seward plant.

About 20 jobs are being eliminated as part of the move, but Blow said he expects "normal attrition" will mean few if any employees will lose jobs involuntarily.

The move is expected to take several months and be completed sometime in the middle of next year.

In a statement, Lincoln Industries President Bill Ellerbee said Tenneco's plan to consolidate operations in Seward would not have an effect on his company or the work it does for Tenneco.

"Tenneco is a long-term valued customer and we respect their decision to consolidate their manufacturing into Seward,"Ellerbee said in an emailed statement. "This decision does not impact our relationship with Tenneco and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them in the future. The finishing work we do for Tenneco will continue in our Lincoln facility."

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This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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